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My self-summary
I know, I know, everybody always says he doesn't know what to put in one of these boxes. Thing is, with me it's pretty much always true. That said, I'll give it a stab and see how I do.

(I have written the following for other purposes - I like it so much that I've decided to reappropriate it here. Call it laziness, call it writer's block...call it what you will, basically.)

I was born on an Irish sea of eggs and porter...not really. In fact, I've never been to Ireland. Though I'd very much like to go. That's one thing; I'd like to go just about anywhere I've never been. No such thing as being too well-traveled, I'd say. Or well-read, for that matter; I enjoy reading, whenever I have the chance. Especially good poetry and drama. I love music; my CD shelf tends towards classical and opera, but with rare exception I'll listen to just about anything. I'm also a big fan of anything arts-related. I can happily spend an afternoon exploring a new museum or gallery, and I enjoy going to concerts whenever I can. I've begun exercising regularly in an attempt to get rid of some of my flab, but I've a ways to go before I become what I'd like. I'm not a big sports buff, and I can't cook, although I like to eat. Which latter is a failing, I fear.

Another thing - by some people's standards I'm pretty conservative. Not by mine; I'm happy being middle-of-the-road in most respects. But I'll be up front; you don't like Republicans, even non-rabid ones, you probably won't like me. If you do - let's put it this way: I'm socially liberal, fiscally conservative. Not a horrible match, says I.

Oh...and apparently I should mention that I can speak French. This machine is prompting me so to do. And I edit Wikipedia, believe it or not - which includes a fair amount of translating from French. And Italian, and sometimes even German, with the help of an automated system. (Ahime, mein Deutsch ist nonexistent, malheureusement.) Oh...and I keep a French pocket dictionary on my desk, and I DO actually use it from time to time.

Je ne veux pas parler de moi en Francais. Surtout parce-que mon ordinateur n'a pas des accents, et je suis trop paresseux d'eux trouver.

I am eccentric, erudite, and well-read
What I’m doing with my life
In extremely basic terms, I work for the government. More at this time I shall not say.
I’m really good at
My knack, such as it is, is for things artistic - and I can write well, something of which I'm very proud. I'm good to have around if you ever want somebody to show you around a museum, or to discuss the finer points of literary and music criticism. And I love language, even if I'm no longer at the point where I want to learn new ones. Just exploring the byways of English is usually fascinating enough for me.
The first things people usually notice about me
For this, I shall quote a co-worker of mine. She told me the other day that I'm intelligent, and that as soon as I walk into a room you know it. For my part, I try very hard not to come across as a know-all; I don't always succeed, but I like to think I'm getting better at it.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
BOOKS: I'm just going to go ahead and list some authors and poets here - Robert Penn Warren; Causely; Dickens; Wilkie Collins; Malamud; Kazantzakis; Turgenev; Sayers; Arthur Conan Doyle; Pushkin; Tony Hillerman; Robert Bolt; Larkin; Sheridan; Leskov; Voltaire; Goldsmith; Rostand; Shakespeare; Lermontov; Kuprin; Ronsard

MOVIES: I'm not a huge fan - I enjoy mostly classics. I did watch SILVER STREAK yesterday; I'd forgotten how much I enjoy it. Others: any Mel Brooks, any Monty Python, LA GRANDE ILLUSION, THE 400 BLOWS, anything Hitchcock, SOME LIKE IT HOT, HOW TO STEAL A MILLION...

MUSIC: Again, a list - Mozart; Verdi; Brahms; Shostakovich; Grieg; Puccini; Sibelius; Vaughan Williams; Douglas Lilburn; Peter Schickele; Johnny Cash; Yat-Kha; any good blues, gospel, or Afropop

FOOD: There's very little I won't eat, and I've made a pact with some friends to try as many new cuisines and restaurants around DC as I can. I've fallen in love with Burmese food recently. And I never knew one could enjoy eating cactus so much.
Six things I could never do without
A satellite radio - give me my opera broadcasts, and I'm set
A good bed
A computer with internet access
A small library, preferably including some books about art.
A CD player
CDs to go with it
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Life in general. Also things I've read - sometimes I love to revisit a novel I've recently finished and reread a particular favorite passage in an attempt to mine it for more meaning. I also find myself thinking more and more about whatever music I listen to.
On a typical Friday night I am
Most likely at home, if I'm not out at dinner with friends. And usually I'll take a walk in the evening.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've already admitted it above - take a guess.

Oh - a new one. I have a secret desire to be Dr. Dulcamara. Even if only for that one, marvelous aria - you know the one.
You should message me if
You enjoy opera and classical music.
You enjoy language, and reading and writing. Especially the English language.
You feel like it. (I'm not going to dictate what you should and shouldn't do, of course.)
You can answer the question "if you were Bathsheba Everdene, who would you want me to be?"
The two of us