My name is Mark, born and raised in Manhattan, I've lived previously in New Orleans.
A professional musician since I was 19.
A former "functional exercise" instructor specializing in teaching the correct use of bio-mechanics, levers, and angles (Kinesiology) for 19 years (A.C.S.M.).
Black and whites were taken in Central Park, the color ones are most recent.
I have been involved in performing/playing contemporary and folkloric Cuban music, Brasilian music and Jazz. Listening as well to certain forms of south/north Indian music (Hindustani and Carnatic).
I often play Cuban dance music with a quintet in the city, as well as everything from recording film and TV scores to nature documentaries on PBS and Nat.Geo., radio and television commercials and I teach.
I have experienced being around the planet in 80 days playing jazz festivals.
Emotionally centered, verbally communicative, articulate, trustworthy, patient, accessible, down to earth and I’m pretty good at spelling.
Alternatively, I teach Men and Women the skills and techniques and most importantly "situational awareness", necessary for "urban" survival in any situation.
Be it an earthquake in lower Manhattan, a potential hurricane hitting lower Manhattan (WIT: Sandy), a vast power outage lasting for several, or up to many weeks, a Male or Female intent on doing physical damage to you, or the next terror attack.
Old Boy Scout motto: “Be Prepared”, think you are?
Forget about Di Blasio, Con Edison, LIPA, The Red Cross, FEMA, Homeland Security or the Cavalry coming to save you, nor should you rely on hospitals, witness the complete shut down/loss of NYU and Bellevue during 'Sandy'.
It's you that must be "responsible and knowledgeable" for taking care of (saving) yourself and/or your family.
My personal suggestion for every Woman living in NYC no matter your age: carry these 3 items with you when you leave your apt/house:
#1. The 'Windstorm' whistle: which can be found on eBay or Amazon for 5 dollars (can save your life, also handy when calling a cab) http://www.stormwhistles.com/quickfacts.html#q5
#2. The 'Leatherman Micra':
As low as 8 or 9 dollars on eBay.
#3. A small palm size powerful flashlight is a MUST, preferably with a strobe mode: Olight S10R II.
Don't be naive, you don't want to wind up being the proverbial "Gazelle at the watering hole".
Lesson #1: do you use a smart phone case where all your C.C. cards, personal info/insurance/med cards, drivers I.D., etc. are kept in slots on the inside of the case and are exposed when in use? .... get rid of it (that type of case, not your phone).
Not about thinking positively... it's about not being a naive target.
Now more then ever you need know how to react and what to do if you find yourself in a situation where an explosion occurs, or in a pitch black no light smoke filled situation, especially underground.
Time to take knowing how to react seriously.
I was fortunate to have two parents who were creative and artistic, both born in N.Y.C., mom a dancer, late dad an architectural/interior designer/space planer and musical instrument maker.
Though I was nurtured creatively, no ones childhood is perfect.
I relate best to a Woman who is independent, evolved, perhaps involved in some form of creative arts / design / food / photography / dance / health field / medicine / science / news reporter/journalist (Not Fox!).
World traveled, perhaps lived in, or is from another country.
East/North/South Indian, Mediterranean, Latin American, Middle Eastern, North African, Turkish, Egyptian, Dutch, Filipina or multi cultural.
Imaginative, with a wild ~ crazy ~ great sense of humor,
has a sweet smile and 2 eyes (4 are okay too).
Knows what she likes and knows how to ask for it directly.
Prefers a Man as opposed to a boy.
Physically able to walk or perhaps bike around areas of the city with me.
May feel experiences in life often taste better when shared.
And perhaps hasn't had her navel (or anything else below the neck) pierced would be refreshing.
Likes exploring life and culture outside her own back yard.
Able to verbally communicate her thoughts and emotions with total ease.
Doesn't have a "repeated" history of being treated like crap by Men.
Has her own varied interests other than mine.
A vivid imagination and not shy about using it.
At ease and adventurous in bed, or... in the bushes (I like hiking in the woods, unlike the majority of NYC Metro-sexual Males).
Likes to explore and create new sensuous experiences within (or out of) her comfort zone.
Oh yes.. good looking toes are always nice.
Hanging out, along with shared interests are what develops friendship and intimacy, if we meet and romantic chemistry isn't there, I'm happy to have a friend to explore the streets with in search of great fun, food and mischief.
My six personal motto's:
1- "Honor the past.. embrace the now"
2- "Change is the law of life"
3- "Actions speak louder than words"
4- "Never assume"
5- "Be prepared"
6- "Let go of my ears... I know what I'm doing!"
Being a realist, I see clearly what's on the horizon and unfortunately globally and domestically... it's not a rainbow.
Starting to plan to go to Cochin, Rajasthan, and Bombay.. incredible music there.
(would love to go to Sardinia & Turkey)
Understanding the 'KISS principle'.
Teaching you skills that can save your life and alternatively show you how not to stand out like the "Gazelle at the watering hole".
Giving and taking direction well.
Having talented hands for shoulders, neck, feet and spanking if you ask for one.
Getting the door for you 7 out of 10 times.
Easily giving my seat up on the bus/train to the elderly and Women.
Nurturing someone back to health who is *sick and can't leave her apartment (*even if she's throwing up all night).
Having a well stocked toolbox.
Not being "N.Y.C. gym body" *obsessed
(*how well defined your triceps are is meaningless and unimportant to me).
Doing the cherry stem trick, knowing how to use chopsticks and always lifting the toilet seat.
Not having my cell phone reside next to my knife when I'm eating in a restaurant with you.
Getting you to laugh 'till you get mad 'cause your belly hurts.
Musical, rhythmic, artistic, creative sensibility, adventurous, compassionate, straight-forward.
Alternatively, that I'm not obsessed with the cult of Apple and don't own a fedora.
'The Silo Effect' by Gillian Tett.
And 'Lights Out' by Ted Koppel.
The last six:
1. 'Arsenio Rodriguez and the Transnational Flows of Latin Popular Music' by David F. Garcia.
2. 'Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power' by Zbigniew Brzezinski.
3. 'The Amazing Adventures of Anacaona, Cuba's Legendary All-Girl Dance Band' by Alicia Castro.
4. 'Green Gone Wrong' by Heather Rodgers
5. 'The Shock Doctrine' by Naomi Klein.
6. 'Cheap: The High Cost Of Discount Culture' by Ellen Ruppel Shell.
(And a several things by Gore Vidal)
Any '50's, '60's film noir with Jean-Paul Belmondo, especially:
'Breathless' (1960) & 'That Man from Rio' (1964).
'Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow' Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni (1963).
'Black Orpheus' by by Marcel Camus (Brasil 1959).
'Stormy Weather' (1943).
'The Red Shoes' (1948).
'Annie Get Your Gun' (1950).
'An American In Paris' (1951).
Anything with Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly.
'Latcho Drom' (1993) watch the full movie->
East Indian films ('50's,'60's,70's).
'Firaaq' (India 2008).
'Tough Guy' (1936) starring Jackie Cooper, Joseph Calleia and Rin Tin Tin Jr.
'The Little Fugitive' (1953).
'On the Bowery' (1956).
'Shadows' John Cassavetes dir. debut (1959).
'The Exiles' (1961).
'Burn' (Marlon Brando) 1969.
Pierre Étaix in everything he starred in and directed in the 1960's.
Jacques Tati 1950's
W.C. Fields 1930's.
'City Lights' - Charlie Chaplin (1931).
'The Great Dictator' - Charlie Chaplin (1940).
Omara Portuondo, Teresita Garcia Caturla,
Doris De La Torre, Ala Raka Khan, Zakir Hussain, Anoushka Shankar, Trilok Gurtu, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Shri TH Vinayakaram , Oum Kalsoum, Hamid Bouchnak, Esperanza Spalding, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Beny Moré, Elis Regina, Pancho El Bravo, José Fajardo, Alcione, Lisa Ono, Gal Gosta, Moacir Santos, Trio Mocotó, Gilberto Gil, Sarah Vaughan, Anita O'day, Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter, Chet Baker, Rosario, Irakere, Orq. Aragon, Septeto National, Septeto Habanero, Arsenio Rodríguez, Los Muñequitos, Miles Davis, The Swingle singers, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, James Brown, Sam Cooke, Howl'in Wolf, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Ibrahim Ferrer, Jimi Hendrix, Cannonball Adderly, Johnny Hartman, Billy Eckstine, Take 6, Susanna Bacca.... just to name a few ;)>
**If you like Latin jazz.. I play on this CD by Raphael Cruz (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7.) http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/raphaelcruz
**I uploaded it and you can download the whole CD free here:
95% vegetable, grain and fruit based, I eat nutritiously and adventurously.
I do eat (and cook) a lot of seafood, I don't eat Sushi... but would happily watch you eat it.
"Processed fast food" is not in my reality.
Blueberries, melons, pineapple, clementines, strawberries, olive oil, fish, lobster, real Tabasco sauce from Avery Island Louisiana.
Papaya, mango, lime and chili sauce mingled with basil or lemon grass.
Eating dumplings or steamed bass in ginger and scallions in Chinatown.
Dark black Moroccan dry-cured olives.
The Dal at 'Curry in a Hurry', 28th & Lex.
Would like to try 'Saravana Bhavan' 26th & Lex.
Yoruba and Dogon sculpture.
Japanese shunga art (pre 1900).
Ruben Museum Of Art - 17th & 7th Ave.
Museum Of Sex - 5th Ave. & 27th.
Held in High esteem:
Isha Sesay (CNN).
Sara Sidner (CNN).
Clarissa Ward (CNN).
Arwa Damon (CNN).
Lara Logan (CNN).
Rosa Flores (CNN).
Nia-Malika Henderson (Senior political reporter CNN).
هالة باشا غوراني (CNN).
Helen Gurly Brown.
Dr. Cornel West.
Dr. Paul Chek.
Cornell Belcher's hair.
Children in music class 2 hrs a day 3-5 x a week.
Children who learn one or more languages other than English.
LT. General Russel Honoré's New Orleans accent.
Held in zero esteem:
Donald Demagogue Trump.
Timothy Franz Geithner.
Ben Shalom Bernanke.
JP Morgan Chase.
Frank Luntz' hairpiece.
Julie Chen, Sunny Hostin & Jillian Michaels ridiculous looking rhinoplasties.
Adam Richman (no concept of 'Hara Hachi Bu').
The Real Housewife's of bullsh*t.
1- My eyeglasses: -‹(®¿®)›-
2- My archival music collection.
3- Playing music for people (dancers).
4- Respect and reverence for nature.
5- Underwear made from the most
sublime 100% mercerized Egyptian cotton imaginable.
6- Foreplay + kissing (unless we are only social friends).
Alternatively taking a 12 min.walk to Trader Joe's on 21st before closing or 6 min. walk to Whole Foods on 25th before closing.
Of course the OkCupid "tests & questions" are silly, but you have fun with them, you realize their algorithms for "matches" and "%'s" are meaningless in here, you listed something other than "flossing" as one of the things you're "really good at", you've touched your 'sixth chakra' more than once, you know that a Bindi dot isn't a tattoo, you're far from "the girl next door" and you have a sense of humor.
Kidding aside, a Woman that's actually fun to be with, finds it effortless to just be herself, a partner for mischief and eating food that you know about and that I don't would be nice.
If I send you a note.. I found yours to be interesting and realistic.
Or you relate to any of the following:
*Adventurous *Artistic *Barefoot *Bengal *Bike *Bongo *Bossa *Brasil *Brazil *Brasilian *Berimbau *Caribbean *Compassion *Conga *Cook *Creativity *Cuba *Curvy *Eclectic *Evolved *Farsi *Fitness *Farofa *Feijoada *Gostosa *Gujurati *Healthy *Hindi *Hindu *Tagalog *Honesty *Humor *Imagination *India *Intelligent *Intimacy *João Pessoa *Jazz *Kiss *Latin *Laughing *Lips *Mambo *Morocco *Naughty *NPR *Olinda *Pandeiro *Playful *Rajasthan *Recife *Rubin Museum Of Art *Rumba *Sabrosura *Samba *Sensual *Sensuality *Smart *Smooching *Tabla *Unconventional *Walking *WNYC
My video picks for the month:
I go out of my way to avoid cigarette smokers and Manhattan real estate agents.
All "free" things come to an end sooner or later,
news they won't tell you in here:
"IAC’s Match.com Acquires Online Dating Site OkCupid For $50M In Cash"