44 New Orleans, United States
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My self-summary
Spending my first summer in New Orleans since moving here about 6 months ago. Looking forward to...

* Figuring out how to get into pools around town
* Music at Algiers Point
* Sitting on the porch for thunderstorms
* Exotic animal racing at fairgrounds (probably VERY wrong, but...)
* BBQs and daiquiris
* Watching Euro Cup and the Olympics
* Exploring the city and getting out for road trips...

Sound fun? Let's do it.

A little about me: born in the Midwest, spent much of my life in California and many great years in NYC. Just escaped San Francisco after more than 6 years. Ready for this new adventure...

I love learning about how other people live, think and express themselves. I deeply respect and admire musicians, designers and visual artists, and I've always wanted to date an architect. For me, my own creativity generally takes the written form. Or the form of an ice cube, if my wonder twin is nearby.

I have a really big smile that's not hard to provoke. Nothing is more fun to me than spending hours with friends and laughter and wine. And more laughter. And probably some cheese.

Being from the Midwest, I may tease you a little. You should be flattered – sarcasm is one of our currencies! (Be glad I'm not from New England, in which case I'd punch you in the arm.) And I love to laugh – often at myself. And a man who makes me laugh really turns my head.

I'm really a sweetie pie, a romantic, and I value kindness above all things.

I'm idealistic, hopeful and passionate in an Irish-Italian-Sagittarian way. I feel things strongly and have known real pain and real happiness.
What I’m doing with my life
I just finished working for an educational nonprofit that helps turn motivated kids from low income communities into college graduates. I led the start-up of the organization's first expansion outside of New York City. It was great. But I need a break. Now I'm writing relatively dull stuff but in a place I love and not crazy hours. At last!
I’m really good at
Taking chances on a new restaurant, bar, band or person. Making a day an adventure.
The first things people usually notice about me
Three-way tie: my ginormous smile, red hair, sparkly blue eyes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: David Copperfield, An Equal Music, The Extra Man, Night Train to Lisbon, Middlemarch, The Brothers K, The Night in Lisbon, Bird by Bird

Movies: Recently I'd go with Birdman, Imitation Game, Skeleton Twins, After the Wedding. Always open to suggestions except for Hobbit crap. All time: Long, Hot Summer, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Breaking Away, The Royal Tenenbaums, Raising Arizona, Burnt By The Sun, Moonstruck, All About Eve

TV: Sherlock, Breaking Bad, The Blacklist, Arrested Development, True Detective

Food: seafood, Vietnamese, Italian, French, Southern, Portuguese, American. I generally avoid Irish, Australian or fungus-driven, but feel free to try to prove me wrong...
The six things I could never do without
Airplane tickets, wine, family, good friends, California, New York City
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What's next...
On a typical Friday night I am
In or out.
You should message me if
You are a good guy. Hopeful, funny, confident. With a sense of style. If you have a goatee, you should either be a professional baseball player or a fireman.

You know who you are. You are interested in the world around you. You should be passionate about something in your life: your work, your art, your politics, etc. If you're passionate about Burning Man, you should probably look elsewhere.

You should enjoy physical and emotional intimacy like I do.

I'm a big believer in a few forces central to coupling: timing, chemistry and momentum. Timing-wise, I'm pretty much looking for the real thing. A partner for the long term. Monogamy. Family. In terms of chemistry, I believe in the meet-in-person kinda chemistry it's impossible to figure out online or via email. (While I don't mind a couple of back and forth emails, I'd prefer to meet you face to face...). And finally, momentum. If we're on the same page in terms of timing and chemistry, let's do this! I'm not interested in dating someone who is separated or just out of a serious relationship -- I know who I am and what I want and am looking for the same.