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My self-summary
I'll try to keep this profile more about me and less an advertisement for the person I think I'd be interested in - a task.

I'm the dad of a bright, social, 14 year old who has cerebral palsy. His mother and I are divorced. I have him on weekends and tutor, play video games and get on the computer with him over at his mom's three week nights.

Interests - science, history, some philosophy, guessing what's going on in my 14 year olds mind, long walks, all weather, some PBS shows, and a certain college basketball team would all be on the list.

No interest - most of commercial TV, especially Larry King's panels of experts, and the urge to protect my son from the world are on that list.

Strangely proud that I've dealt successfully with looking into that infamous abyss the existentialist tell you about (the one that suddenly strikes folks standing on street corners) and emerging in the same place as before with an attitude adjustment. If I knew what an existentialist was, I might be one.

I am introspective, probably introverted, and yet inter-ested
What I’m doing with my life
What we're all "doing" I suppose. Trying to become more than we are at this minute. In my case, to become more self-aware/self-honest, see the world and others in a bigger, more connected way, to create real purpose without having to fool myself. All life-term goals. All that while attempting to shape my son into a reasonably well working human being. Wish me good luck!!
I’m really good at
I think I'm a pretty good teacher, at least at the middle school level, but my kid says I tend to over explain. Too many connections, too many examples "pops." A novel where a sentence or two will do. Of course, I can't help but attempt a reading of his 14 year old mind and conclude that he's really motivated by the video games in his bedroom. There's a lot going on there - or maybe there isn't. Maybe he has a point.

And one off topic: In the interest of partial disclosure, I admit that spelling remains a mystery and a sometime source of embarrassment. Not good at spelling at all. Not that I haven't made some effort at correction. It seems to be an affliction that runs down one side of the family. I suspect the part of my brain devoted to spelling is itty bitty.
The first things people usually notice about me
Dry sense of humor. Get it?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I suppose the books that made the biggest emotional impression on me at the time were a few I read while in college. The short story England My England by DH Lawrence, and certain passages from Zorba the Greek, were a couple of the first to give me that 'put down the book numb feeling.' Later Notes From the Underground was a nice, sour read, and served a similar purpose, after a divorce. Presently? I'm finishing The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil, just finished A Man without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut, when the moods hit I scan poetry books for good poetry, and am finishing the last issue of Scientific American before the next issue arrives.

The last "adult" movie that I saw that I really enjoyed was American Beauty. Since then, I've watched about 20 or so movies with my kid. I will admit though, we're both looking forward to the new Simpsons movie. I'll also admit this -- I like the Simpsons, Family Guy, and Furturama cartoons.

I'm also really good at creating bizarre food combinations, but that's mostly out of necessity and only when I'm alone. Same reasons I watch the above mentioned cartoons.
Six things I could never do without
Maybe it's too much eastern philosophy - but my answer is either everything at some place or time or nothing. I think the question really is 'What makes life better but would hurt like hell if you lost it.' I really think I could 'manage' the loss of anything but my mind. Not that I'm battle tested in the least, but I suspect life goes on, even with the worst, even with the loss of a child. So if I understand what's being asked, the answer is nothing. Nothing is deep down, bottomline essential but the essentials, and if I don't get those on an 'as needed basis' - the suffering will be short lived anyway.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How we operate. And by "we" I probably mean me.
On a typical Friday night I am
At grandma's, with my kid, eating a wonderful home cooked meal - topped off with an hour or so of Larry King's panel of experts or crime TV.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
That I actually have private things I'm unwilling to admit under this question.

You should message me if
If you want --- or if you're fed up to your eyeballs with Larry King's panel of experts and just need an understanding person to talk with. I prefer the former but I'll take either.
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