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My self-summary
(It recently dawned on me that I needed to lower my age to avoid the filtering out of my messages. As of this writing I am actually 107 years old. But in the best shape I've been in for -- oh, the past 3 weeks.... You've got the pics to go on.
Now back to our regularly-scheduled program....p.s. I'm 65.)

Old school. If I make a mess, I clean it up, figuratively and literally.

NY wry bred. Mensch with Brooklyn street-smarts. Prefer genuine over "cool." Know how to build a fire. Gently irreverent & skeptical by nature and training, but have no use for cynicism. I DO sometimes smile, but never could do it on demand for a photo.

It may not be fashionable, but I haven't lived to this ripe point without having formed one or two opinions. There's both more and less to me than meets the eye. And don't know what you might make of this: It's not that I don't have an appreciation for the finer things and the world around me, but I'm more about inner self than about lifestyle.


No tats, ponytail, or earring -- no artificial sweeteners.
Housebroken. Available with optional pulse.
What I’m doing with my life
Taking the stairs.
Donating blood.
Showing up.
Being the last on my block.
Retracing my steps.
Biting my tongue & lowering my expectations.
Reacquainting myself with the emoluments clause....
Extreme vetting. You know, like you do on dating sites.
I’m really good at
Naming all those damned tunes.
Holding contradictory ideas in my mind at the same time.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
It don't mean a thing if it don't got that swing....

Too few to mention....OK, a very partial sample of my musical preferences, in no particular order, except for Ludvig and Duke.

Beethoven! Ellington! Patsy Cline, Dave Frishberg, Jobim, William Bolcom, Basie, James Taylor, Satchmo, Bix & Bing, Merle Haggard, Moody Blues, Bird, Prez, Barber, Nat Cole, Van Morrison, Billie, Ella, Ben Webster, Clapton, Schubert, Ray Charles, Satie, Debussy, Blossom Dearie, Peggy Lee, Elgar, Nancy Lamott, Mahler, Chopin, Sibelius, Bulgarian Woman's Chorus, Papa Bach, Puccini, Shostakovich, Kelly MacCay, Bartok. Art Tatum, Bill Evans, & Bill Charlap. Fats Waller, Stephen Foster & Stephen Sondheim, Bobby Darin, Keely Smith, Django & Grappelli, Bernstein, Gottschalk. Brahms. American Songbook Royalty. Anthony Benedetto -- with and long before Gaga. Film scores.

Beyond music: Avid book reader. history, biography, sociology & politics, and some fiction. Regular visitor to the Met: George Bellows. Whiskey in winter, vodka in the summer. Wine with food. Architecture. NPR since Marconi. Mountains & forests, oceans & sand. Coffee. Baseball. Wilder, William Wyler, Sturges, Lubitsch, Fellini, Ford, Bergman, Bunuel, & Jacques Tati. Film noir & B-films. Wordsworth, Shakespeare, Dorothy Parker, Flannery O'Connor, Baudelaire, Melville. Leviathan. Fred & Ginger. Nick & Nora. W.C & Groucho. Musky Cabernets & Zinfandels. Oscar Levant & Robert Benchley. (Two-stroke) Saabs & stick-shifts. Autumn in New York! The Big Bang in reruns.

Six things I could never do without
A good nail clipper. Seriously.
A cache of bookmarks. Seriously.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What's in it for me?
Am I getting enough fiber?
Which way IS up?
Should I employ delusion as a life strategy? Everyone else
seems to be doing it.

On a more somber note, the loss of the national treasure that was Gwen Ifill. Just when we needed her most, as each passing day only underscores more.
On a typical Friday night I am
I removed Fridays from my calendar. Since then, I do "TGIT!" Weekends begin a day sooner.
You should message me if
You're a scarlet woman seeking a libertine man. And/or you'd like appropriate male company at the ballet, or a romantic weekend at a B&B. You enjoy kissing. For openers.

If I looked at your profile but didn't contact you, it doesn't mean I am not interested. I rarely initiate contact. If you want to know why, please ask.

If you are much under 50, I'm flattered, but I'm not for you. Also, please be from the NY Metro area. Trumpeteers are also excused.

Lastly, please mind your shelf life.
The two of us