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 occasional caterer, and every chance I get I travel the world.
I’m really good at
Cooking. Spelling and punctuation. Muttering to myself in supermarkets. Playing 17th century organ music. Making up stories about strangers in train station waiting rooms. Sensing the emotional weather. Deploying adjectives. Living on almost no money. Procrastinating and then flying into action and saving the day. Getting painful crushes on totally hopeless boys half my age.
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: European and Chinese history and current affairs. Travel literature, especially by Paul Theroux and Eric Newby. Peter Hessler's books on China, John Julius Norwich's history of Byzantium, and M.F.K Fisher's books on food are favorites.

Fiction: E.F. Benson, Iris Murdoch, Jonathan Franzen, Barbara Pym, Muriel Spark, Anita Brookner, Joanna Trollope, old school sci-fi. 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: Extremely varied. Tudor choral music, Edith Piaf, verismo opera, Richard Strauss, Korngold, Gliere, Medtner, Scriabin, Franck, Widor, late Beethoven, Amalia Rodrigues, Adele, Sigur Ros, Franco-Flemish requiems, classic gospel, cheesy Thai pop music, Hindustani classical music, etc, etc. I'm listening to ABBA as I type this. I really can't tolerate Rap, Country, or anything that PBS runs during fund raising time.

TV: Downton Abbey. Absolutely Fabulous. Iron Chef ( preferably 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 Crawford, Davis, or Stanwyck (did I tell you I was gay?), Busby Berkeley musical spectaculars.

Food: Everything. Bi bim bap, pasta carbonara, sushi, stinky French cheeses, mouhammara, kimchee, North Carolina pulled pork, anything spicy. Cooking a lot of Thai food since returning from cooking classes in Thailand.
The six things I could never do without
Something to read.
My cat Lola.
Quality cookware.
Access to a beautiful organ.
Comfortable shoes.
Quiet time.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What the hell have I done?

Zombie apocalypse survival.

My next trip. (Java? Norway? Tennessee? Myanmar?)

How I'm going to negotiate the liturgical year.

How to wangle a Norwegian passport.
On a typical Friday night I am
Tuning the harpsichord, petting the cat or drinking martinis while watching 60 year old movies.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I finally got braces on my teeth at the age of 53.

I'm a sucker for an accent; Dutch or Scottish wins.

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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