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My self-summary
Comments from women I have dated:
"Well, at least he's not a creep."
"Intermittently attentive and oblivious."
"If he ever needs a character witness, I would happily testify that Stephen is one colorful character."
"A witty conversationalist with an endearing heart."

Self-summary (Oh, that was the question)
I am (or, at least think of myself as) confident but not cocky, highly educated but not pretentious, accommodating but not passive, irreverent but not insulting, and highly analytical and inquisitive. And I have very high standards of ethics, integrity, and morality.
What I’m doing with my life
I love my job, but seldom work long hours. I am one of the very few people in this town who does not claim to be busy all the time. I enjoy my free time, which includes bicycling, exploring the DC area, tennis, golf, history, reading fiction, writing, cooking, and doing most anything on or in view of a body of water.

I read voraciously, including history, silly fiction, and serious fiction. I have published a couple of dozen articles in economic and legal journals, but I much prefer writing humorous short stories. Last year I had great fun producing a play I wrote, an alternative history / dark comedy, that we did five performances of at the DC Capital Fringe Festival.

I exercise at least an hour per day, most frequently at the gym and on the bicycle trails. Last year I got serious and lost a great deal of weight. Feels wonderful to be thin again.

And I do volunteer teaching of a GED prep class at a DC YWCA. I have travelled to 20 countries and 35 states.
I’m really good at
(not really, but it is such an outrageously politically incorrect hobby that I am thinking of taking it up.)
The first things people usually notice about me
My blue eyes, my neatly trimmed beard, and my mischievous nature.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Movies: Fargo, Idiocracy, Inglorious Bastards, Stranger than Fiction, Secondhand Lions, The Life Aquatic, Being There, The Last King of Scotland, Blues Brothers, Dr. Strangelove.
Books: history (mostly 20th century), David Lodge, Christopher Moore, Tim Dorsey, Hunter S. Thompson, George Bernard Shaw, Kurt Vonnegut.
Food: spicy
Music: most
Shows: none
Six things I could never do without
1. greed
2. sloth
3. gluttony
4. pride
5. lust
6. wrath
(Envy didn't make the cut. I don't really envy anyone.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
fashion accessories, my nails, moisturizing, and hair conditioner.
On a typical Friday night I am
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I love puppies, kittens, and hugs (really) . . . and explosions (really).
You should message me if
you are a very silly person. I mean, uh, not that it would be silly to contact me. Quite the contrary, it might be a great decision. I mean that we will get along particularly well if you are a silly person.
The two of us