Schiermonnikoog
56 Jamaica Plain, United States
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My self-summary
Long-winded summary needed revision. I'll get back to you on this in due course.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm an organist and choir director for an Episcopal church, and I do occasional side jobs as a caterer and pet sitter to fill in the gaps. I'd prefer to be running a B&B in Vermont but I've never had the capital.
I’m really good at
Cooking. Spelling and punctuation. Playing 17th century music on the organ. Making up stories about strangers in train station waiting rooms. Sensing the emotional weather. Living on almost no money. Procrastination. Getting painful crushes on totally hopeless boys half my age. Over-analyzing perfectly simple situations.
The first things people usually notice about me
"You seemed very aware of your surroundings." is what somebody once told me about his first impression.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Non-fiction books: Medieval history and books on European and Chinese history and current affairs. Travel books, especially by Paul Theroux and Eric Newby. Peter Hessler's books on China are favorites.

Fiction: E.F. Benson, Iris Murdoch, Barbara Pym, Muriel Spark, Anita Brookner, Joanna Trollope. If you know who Angela Thirkell is we might share a sensibility Would you think less of me if I confessed I'm also a Stephen King fan, or that I usually have a John Grisham novel in hand for long plane trips?

Magazines: Harper's, Atlantic Monthly, New York Review of Books, New Yorker.

Music, a partial list: Bach is closest to God. Playing Sweelinck is better than therapy. Franco-Flemish requiems,Tudor choral music, anything 17th century, late Beethoven, Brahms, Scriabin, Rautavaara, Fado, Rai, Javanese Gamelan, Ghazals, Edith Piaf, Mahalia Jackson, Sigur Ros, Coldplay, Adele.

TV: Downton Abbey. Absolutely Fabulous. Iron Chef ( The original Japanese version). Scandal. Madam Secretary. The Good Wife. The Walking Dead.

Movies: 1950s Sci-Fi paranoia movies, low budget Film Noir, Ponderous 1950's Biblical epics, anything Kurosawa, anything Merchant-Ivory, anything with Joan Crawford or Bette Davis (did I tell you I was gay?), Busby Berkeley musical spectaculars.

Food: Everything. Bi bim bap, pasta carbonara, sushi, mouhammara, kimchee, North Carolina pulled pork, very spicy Thai food and most stinky cheeses are favorites.
The six things I could never do without
Something to read.
My cat.
My Le Creuset 12 qt. bouillabaise pot.
Access to a beautiful organ.
My next trip to look forward to.
Silence.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What the hell have I done?

Zombie apocalypse survival.

How to spend the check that should be coming any day now from Publisher's Clearinghouse.

What all the cute Russian boys hitting me up on OKCupid think is going to come of it.
On a typical Friday night I am
As I'm not a nine to fiver Friday is much the same as any other night. I wouldn't mind being out and about a bit more.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I finally got braces on my teeth at the age of 53.

Oh, and I talk baby talk to my cat. Don't judge.
You should message me if
...you have something to say.
I'm very unlikely to respond to "Hey".
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