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My self-summary
Musician, teacher, tomato grower, pie baker, fire builder.
What I’m doing with my life
I play in a symphony orchestra and teach at a university and I feel uber lucky to get to do what I love.
That being said, I would be delighted to get out of my work bubble and meet totally awesome people who don't necessarily do what I do for a living.
I’m really good at
*baking pies
*teaching--I love figuring out how each student of mine learns, how they processes information, and what they feel passionate about.
*putting together Ikea furniture. Give me a bottle of wine, some particleboard with pre-drilled holes, and a set of wordless directions and I'm in heaven
*crossword puzzles
*Making those old-timey, prohibition era cocktails
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
This stuff makes me tick. Here is a compendium--in no particular order--of music that gets me hot and bothered:
The Kinks, The Pixies, The Stones, The Smiths, The Talking Heads, Brian Eno, Robyn Hitchcock, The Breeders, Roxy Music, The Who, Stevie Wonder, the Boss (ever since I turned 30--who knows why) Todd Rundgren, Nico, The Velvet Underground, Captain Beefheart, Bill Evans, Steely Dan (used to be ironic--can't really say that so much anymore), Mahler, Benjamin Britten, Neil Young, David Bowie, Joy Division, Otis Redding, Paul Simon, Tōru Takemitsu, The Magnetic Fields, Tears for Fears, Elton John, Nina Simone, Prokofiev, Fleetwood Mac (especially Stevie Nicks' songs), Donovan, Frank Zappa, Piazzolla, Charles Mingus, Black Sabbath, Jim O'Rourke, blah blah blah...

Jeffery Eugenides, Julian Barnes, Michael Chabon, Oliver Sacks, David Sedaris, Billy Collins.

Spanish, French, Italian, Greek, Thai, Middle eastern, and Indian food. I do not love Chinese food. I like what's good and sometimes what's good are vanilla mini cupcakes from the Safeway.
I take my coffee black and my Martinis with gin.

Annie Hall, Broadcast News, Flirting with Disaster, Withnail and I, Walkabout, MASH, 80's Brat Pack stuff, Bringing Up Baby, I Heart Huckabees, The Last Picture Show, Adam's Rib, The Philadelphia Story, The Women, Almost Famous, Before Sunrise, Manchurian Candidate, Rushmore, Rear Window, Tootsie, Waiting for Guffman.

The Boob-Tube:
The Hour, Slings and Arrows, The Wire, Party Down, Arrested Development, Freaks and Geeks, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, So You Think You Can Dance, 30 Rock, Twin Peaks, Friday Night Lights, Kids in the Hall, The State, Blackadder

Other things I'm into (as if this was not already long enough):
*Hiking/camping in the great outdoors and, in the last year, lots of yoga. Other than this I'm not super active (no, I will probably NOT go running with you, just to be clear) and I pretty much suck at most sports except for shuffleboard, but I will get bloodthirsty over a game of Scrabble or Trivial Pursuit.
*I have a nice little vinyl collection which began when my Cool Uncle bequeathed some pretty great 60/70s albums to me when I was a kid
*I have very little shame when it comes to dancing/singing in public even though I'm probably not very good at either of these things. My karaoke stylings range from David Bowie to Tears For Fears to the Beastie Boys.
*Someday I want to visit the following places: Spain, San Sebastien, Provence, Alaska, Melbourne, Indonesia, and Vietnam
Six things I could never do without
well, I don't know about "could never do without", but I would be awfully blue if the following were suddenly wiped off the face of this earth:
the snooze button
my sweet/neurotic dog and my affectionate/asshole cat
my fireplace
the cut-and-paste function (I'm lazy)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Whatever music I performed last week. It swims around in my head relentlessly until the next one gets lodged in there and replaces it.
On a typical Friday night I am
usually working until mid-evening and then it's either out on the town (to celebrate a great show or commiserate a rotten one) or heading home to relax with a cocktail and an episode of whatever show I'm into at the moment.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
In my secret life, I used to sing back-up in a Steely Dan cover band. I realize this is perhaps more than just a little embarrassing. It sure was fun though.
You should message me if are creative, you bring your own passions to the table, you can teach me a thing or two, you have a wry sense of humor, you are kind (especially to animals, restaurant servers, and kids), you enjoy geeking out on music/movies/food and have a variety of interests, and--most importantly--you are a generally happy person.

Bonus: if you look, or can croon, like Bryan Ferry circa the early 1970's, please please message me immediately.
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