Mick_OD
71 Durham, United States
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My self-summary
I'm happy about being a grampa to three fun grandsons. My career (semi-retired) was/is about water quality, as an environmental engineer. I do a bit of consulting. After about 45 years on and off in Massachusetts, I moved to New Mexico in 1999. The initial attraction was landscapes and differentness, and I have stayed in the West because of the diverse people I have met here. Moved to the Boulder area in April 2015. I built a wooden boat that sits in my son's driveway in Longmont, wanting me to finish recaulking the seams so I can get her out on local lakes. That project is almost done and we're ready to see if she floats.I read lots of novels, subscribe to the New Yorker, am very curious about everything and ask lots of questions, I hope not to the point of annoyance. I run and mountain bike in the foothills and hike and cross-country ski. I like live music. A few years ago when I had more land, I sold produce at a farmer's market, cared for some goats, and fed apples from my trees to the neighbor's horses. At my most recent house (I rent now), I built a fish pond and was about to start experiments in aquaculture.
What I’m doing with my life
Enjoying semi-retirement. I don't ever want to retire because I think I have contributions yet to make. I get paid for some consulting and I'm happy to do pro bono work for the right cause, such as climate change. I have also done some work as a Standardized Patient, helping to educate future doctors at medical schools in NM and CO. Also do some volunteer work. Also planning a move to NC.
I’m really good at
Listening, woodworking, writing the occasional poem, trying new things like playing Celtic fiddle which is not easy. I was good at hockey and still enjoy helping my grandsons to learn to skate.
The first things people usually notice about me
Athletic, open, curious
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The English Patient, Ishiguro, Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, films by Robert Altman, Dave Brubeck, Herbie Mann, The Cranberries, Alasdair Fraser, Mark O'Connor, YoYo Ma, Barbara Kingsolver, Wendell Berry, TS Eliot, Mary Oliver, Parkington Sisters, John Updike, Julian Jaynes, ee cummings, DeLillo, Thomas Wolfe/"You Can't Go Home Again," Tom Wolfe/ "Bonfire of the Vanities", Life of Pi, Patty Griffin, Patty Larkin, Mary Black, Gershwin, 15th and 16th century music played on original instruments, ... where do I stop?
Food: I make a great bouillabaisse and other seafood dishes. Result of many years living on the New England coast. and sushi
The six things I could never do without
Exercise. Music. Poetry. Some sense of contact with the spiritual realm. Snow. A woman who shares most of the same six (or more) things. Not in that order.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Climate change. Worrying about anything else is like rearranging the deck chairs on Titanic. Update, late 2016: trying not to worry too much about Trumpocalypse.
On a typical Friday night I am
Since I retired, no Friday night is typical because there is no need to unwind from the stresses of working with clients all week.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Later
You should message me if
I am not on A list so don't bother with likes, send me a message. You think we are compatible based on the above. No Republicans need apply....we could still be acquaintances who agree to disagree though. I try to listen to conservative views (occasionally) and not to get isolated in my liberal silo... emphasis on occasionally : )
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