I'm broadly read, pretty intelligent but not brilliant (top 1% but not top of the top 1%), somewhat credentialed (law degree), good at most sports but love playing basketball and soccer, a veteran, a liberal, interested in intellectual history, with undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and English, childless, a former Catholic altar boy and now longtime atheist, from a small town in northern Wisconsin. Does that help you peg me any better?
I'm sometimes surprised when a person walks into my life and I just enjoy who they are, someone with whom I can have a lively, amusing, ongoing conversation. But that is so indefinite, so idiosyncratic, so vague as to be useless as a description of what I am looking for.
Here's my Facebook page. In lieu of a diary my blatherings are probably as good an indicator of who I am as anything I can write here. My sense of humor isn't for everyone.
(6/8/14--I got the lovely hat along with 10 other items for $2 at an estate sale. I love these hats and wish I could carry it off. Gave it to a neighbor who was happy to have it.
I can also play a decent game of Scrabble, am pretty fair at Bridge, a solid intermediate Chess player, and was once a wicked foosball player.
I've read a lot of the classics in literature and philosophy, and I love reading history. I read a lot of science fiction when younger.
A cat litter scoop.
In my darker moments I read or think about Camus, particularly "The Myth of Sisyphus", nihilism, the futile search for purpose and meaning, and the ways I and others avoid experiencing existential despair. At my best I help out others, or at least limit the harm I inflict.