68Muncie, United States
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My self-summary
I am a Muncie native and I have decided to stay. Lots of people have given up on Muncie lately, and I looked for houses in Bloomington where my 43-year-old daughter has lived for half of her life. But Bloomington homes cost about twice what Muncie homes run, and I decided to buy the old place back off of my ex (since September after a 20-year marriage). That was my second divorce, the first marriage lasting also 20years. I filed both times; neither was contentious.
I am an old-house nut. I'm in a 1908 Arts & Crafts bungalow, and have owned a 1919 Foursquare and an 1883 Queen Anne. Muncie is ripe with fine old homes, though many have suffered from urban blight, poor planning and the fact that fewer and fewer old house people have survived. Kids want a cracker-box McMansion out in a cornfield.
I began working at Da's chassis repair shop in 1970, managed it after his death (heart attack/age 52), bought it off my Mom, and sold it in 1988.
I went back to BSU, got a degree in journalism (almost a master's), then wrote for East Central Indiana newspapers for about 18 years.
If I could do it over, I would keep the shop.
No grandkids, but four steps who still call me Papaw Mike.
What I’m doing with my life
I am diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and I am doing what I can to hold it at bay. Things are slowing down, but I am still walking (with a cane, and not very far), driving, cooking, cleaning, moving back in town a month ago after a four-year hiatus as successor trustee/resident of my Mother's six-acre property (I thought at the time after losing my job at about the same time that I would grow vegetables and sell them at our farmers' market. And I did. It was fun, but a lot of hard work, and after three years I became afraid I might fall and hurt myself. There is no pain, but my balance is shot and I am no good on uneven ground.
I'm in a writers' group.
I’m really good at
Fewer things as time goes on, but I like to laugh, play Backgammon, Poker, Gin, Croquette, Bocci (sp?) Ball, etc.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm not my father's Oldsmobile.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Thompson's Fear and Loathing books; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; Tolkein; Vonnegut; Updike; Catch 22; All the President's Men; history/political history; sci-fi; Castenada; Les Miserables; Steinbeck; on and on.
Too many: Marx brothers; thin man; Frankenstein; Young Frankenstein; Ox Bow Incident; Easy Rider; Woodstock; anything Kubrick; To Kill a Mockingbird; Inherit the Wind; Hitchcock; most Fonda (all three); Hepburn; Laughton, Tracey; Nicholson; Brando; Bogart/Bacall; James Dean; The Artist; anything Woody Allen; on and on.
I saw Jimi Hendrix Experience in the Memorial Building at the Delaware County Fairground (can you imagine a thing like that now in this day and age. I chose not to see The Who playing at a similarly tiny venue at the same fairground at about the same time. They crashed their instruments at the end of a set, and I thought that was stupid. Made up for it several months ago when my daughter Kelly andI saw them play in Louisville [less Keith Moon].
Pink Floyd once; three Dead concerts; Crosby Stills and Nash with Kelly, but not a lot of big-name stuff. I like America's Hometown (Muncie) Band; any live music.
NEIL YOUNG; Grateful Dead; Frank Zappa; Pink Floyd/Roger Watters; Buddy Holly; the Hollies; Eddie Vedder/Pearl Jam; Chuck Berry; Johnny Cash; Willie Nelson; The Pretenders; Dylan; Beatles, especially Lennon; Country Joe McDonald; Sly; Joe Cocker; The Who; some Big Band stuff; anything live.
Fresh vegetables; fish; seafood/trying to change my diet but these things were favored anyway; lots of chicken, an occasional chop or pulled pork, but less all the time. No beef.
Six things I could never do without
My daughter; The New Yorker; Indiana sweet corn and tomatoes; old houses; my hearing aids; yoga; sex (six? seven, what the hell?).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
A lot of things.
On a typical Friday night I am
Often alone.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I chew my nails.
You should message me if
You are interested. I know I am.
The two of us