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My self-summary
New Englander/Eastern Seaboarder by upbringing, but have been enjoying New York for the last 20+ years. Several years ago, after many years in Manhattan, I decamped to Brooklyn, and have enjoyed the contrast, if not the slightly longer commute. I do occasionally miss the old Village nabe (esp. the close proximity of so many great jazz clubs), but it's been fun to explore the many interesting enclaves in the County of Kings. I also try to get out of town fairly regularly, for cultural events, hiking, skiing, flyfishing, and to visit friends and their families beyond the city limits.
What I’m doing with my life
I've spent the bulk of my career in the investment management and management consulting industries, which I've generally enjoyed, and also had a stint in book publishing. Recently, I changed careers, transitioning to a senior management role at a prominent local university. Prior to moving to NYC for grad school, I worked in Wash, DC as a Democratic aide/speechwriter on Capitol Hill. Not surprisingly, I still follow politics and current affairs very closely.
I’m really good at
Have been told I'm a decent listener and fluent conversationalist. Adept at chatting up strangers, NYT crossword (good subway app), programming weekends out of town (esp. if it involves dining at quaint pub or inn), and discussing books across a range of genres. In recent years, I've gotten fairly interested in food and cooking - have this absurdly aspirational cookbook collection - don't ask...if you have even a modicum of interest in cooking, that would be great.
The first things people usually notice about me
Fairly upbeat personality, maybe? Sometimes people tell me I look like a politician or newscaster (I suppose I look more conservative than I am).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Old Europe, Angkor Wat, Berlin, Tokyo, the Edinburgh Festival. Foreign and indie films. Read a fair amount, esp. current affairs, psychology, and essays/criticism, as well as quality fiction. Recently read Patti Smith's Just Kids and M Train, and now working through some early Saul Bellow. Also been meaning to explore Knausgaard's My Struggle. What else...enjoy theatre, both plays (Albee, Churchill, etc.) and classic musicals (my grandfather was a Broadway composer and musician). MoMA, BAM, NYCB, Paul Taylor, Half King bar, book readings, Village Vanguard, The Times, the New Yorker, NPR. Former amateur drummer and fairly omnivorous music person (Spotify's a godsend). Dating myself, but still enjoy 70s and 80s stuff like the Clash, Elvis Costello, the Smiths, Ramones, etc...also enjoy the Beatles, Doors, Lou Reed, Jimi, Miles, Coltrane, and Mingus. On TV, I don't watch a whole lot...wait, do CNN and MSNBC count?

Enjoy playing tennis at Prospect Park, squash at NYSC, and pick-up hoops games at local courts. Relish winter sports like cross-country/downhill skiing and ice skating. Also enjoy diving, and thinking about doing the next certification level. And I love flyfishing in the Catskills. Other faves: the Strand (any used book store really), raw bars, dim sum and the bakeries in Chinatown, pretty much anything with truffles or truffle oil.
Six things I could never do without
Well, more than six, actually:

Hope about the future
Companionship/trusted friends
Traveling (recent trips include Mexico Vity and Morocco - I like Moorish stuff (see Othello reference above))
Music (would be fun to compare desert island selections)
The assumption one gets wiser with age
Something to read on the subway
The change of seasons
Indian, Middle Eastern and Japanese food
Hearty bread and good butter
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Lots of things, so sorry if I meander a bit here. Highly unoriginal, I know, but I try to be grateful -- for family, close friendships, health and other blessings -- rather than lament what might be missing, or paths not taken. Social justice is important to me, and informs my worldview and politics. On the lighter side, dealing with the sensory overload of NYC living, and the surfeit of interesting things going on, like what exhibits, plays or performances I want to check out. And always on the lookout for intriguing travel, cooking and reading suggestions. I've been remiss in not volunteering more; but talk is cheap...need to get on that.
On a typical Friday night I am
Varies quite a bit. Perhaps grabbing dinner and maybe a flick, play or live music with friends. In winter, maybe hitting late Fri hours at the Met or Whitney. Sometimes driving to the mountains or out to the East End. Home reading a book. In nice weather, I enjoy unwinding from the week by hitting the Park for 3-4 loops on the bike.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
When we meet perhaps...
You should message me if
You're a kind and generous soul, curious about life and yourself, interested in ideas, open to change, and looking for a serious, committed relationship.
The two of us