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My self-summary
"Genius is Childhood Recovered at Will"--Charles Baudelaire

I am happy; confident yet humble; a gentleman, with a mischievous smirk. I live life to the fullest, the proverbial stopping to smell the roses..........and there are a lot of roses out there. I do this daily, come join :).

The simple stuff: I'm tall, so I hit my head a lot and don't fit in many cars or most economy class seats in planes. :). I love the city, but do escape when I can to a farmhouse I own on the Delaware River and perhaps am really more of a country person at heart. I have a very solid group of friends and family that I know will always be there and that ground me.

I love peace and tranquility, learning, experiencing new things. Travel is like my imagination played out in real life. I've lived in Paris, Bangkok, Beijing, Amman........and there are other places on the list I'd consider...........in fact a few months a year in Paris or Rome is a serious consideration later in life if a counterpart doesn't come up with a better idea ;). I love art, good books, good film; another escape into my imagination.

My work includes seeing patients in the emergency room, teaching graduate students, and working on a project in 17 countries in Africa. It's pretty cool :) I'm a very easy going and happy person; I really don't make a big deal about the little stuff.

I'm active, cycle, play in a winter basketball league, and occasionally head to the gym; thinking about getting into more long distance rides (I hate running :) ) and kayaking out at the river.

My brother and has family, including one niece and one nephew, live in Westchester. I have a great relationship with my parents who are still in the Midwest and together since 1965, happily! I'm passionate about cooking, and spent time improving at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris for 3 months. Wine, Belgian beer, and brown liquor make me happy.

In addition to the Baudelaire quote, I love the following that I think also over a glimpse into my brain:

“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”--E.B. White

" Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing"--Arundhati Roy
What I’m doing with my life
Enjoying it*. Learning*. Exploring*.
I’m really good at
Cooking. Engaging conversation. Drinking (is one allowed to write this?). Sometimes writing. Always being up for anything and everything.
The first things people usually notice about me
I smile a lot. Perhaps too often. Maybe you can teach me to scowl.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Enjoy fiction and nonfiction both. Currently The Cloud Atlas, The High Mountains of Portugal, and The Things We Don't Do. Recently one of the most fascinating first novels I've ever read, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore. Shantaram, A Fine Balance (brilliant), A Prayer for Own Meany, The Drifters, In the Country of Men, The Autobiography of Henry the VIII, War in a Time of Peace, Love in the Time of Cholera.

Films........ahhh, so many. I try to see at last a film every couple weeks, sometimes more often. A passion of mine.

Music--played classical on the piano for about 10 years, still love it, but my tastes are varied. Also tried my hand at flamenco guitar. Go to New Orleans for Jazz Fest every year, love live music in general. A Love Supreme and Kind of Blue are tremendous albums. Have been 3 Xs to Ibiza and danced all night, fun fun :).......but those days are probably long over!

Food and art. This will require a long and fun discussion.
Six things I could never do without
Defining "things" with some latitude and perhaps not terribly creative: family, friends, my imagination, books, my kitchen, touch (you could add good wine/beer, passport, music, art, film, a really nice espresso, sublime olive oil..........mmmmmm, that should do me). Wandering around in book shops.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My travel, the book(s) I want to write, new adventures to pursue, when I'm going to get more serious about my flamenco guitar and language studies.
On a typical Friday night I am
Spending it over a meal with friends, or lazily recovering from my week!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm an open book
You should message me if
You're kind, and give a hoot about the world; you believe that intellectual curiosity is fundamental to a happy life; you believe in a balance of love, intimacy..........a physical and mental connection that makes you smile each morning upon awakening; food, wine, travel, creativity are important parts of your life; you're very comfortable in your own shoes; your greatest motivation is not money. You simply don't take life to seriously, except for those few things that really are serious!
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