59 Minneapolis, United States
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My self-summary
INTJ. I'm an introspective person who gets along well with people, but I spend a lot of time following my own interests. Some people find me amusing, and I try not to make humor at the expense of other people.

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.
What I’m doing with my life
Getting used to this middle age status, and wondering when I cross the line into bona fide elderly.
I’m really good at
Learning, making decisions, fixing problems, attending to people who are in trouble. I'm a generalist who can learn to do most things reasonably well. I'm interested in intellectual history, but can also do various repairs on cars and motorcycles, given a manual and the tools. I'm currently teaching myself the fundamentals of basketball and reading on Renaissance culture and history.

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.
The first things people usually notice about me
No clue. I'd love to meet some of you and have you tell me. Sounds like a narcissistic project.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Lately I've been a Netflix junkie, with TV series being my favorite fare; Breaking Bad, Damages, Downton Abbey, The Killing, etc. I like The Current.

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.
The six things I could never do without
My mother and four younger siblings.
My health
Cat litter.
A cat litter scoop.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why. It's very subversive.

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.
On a typical Friday night I am
Dodging paparazzi.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I used to pose nude for art classes in college.
You should message me if
You want. If I don't respond, it's because I don't see the point in sending someone a thanks-but-no-thanks email. I wish you the best on your path. If that's not fair, please let me know. It seems to be how others operate, and I'm alright with it.