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My self-summary
Listening to Bowie's "Heroes" right now. It fills me with such happiness. If this means anything to you, maybe we have something in common. The last book i read was The Diary Of A Young Girl, believe it or not i'd never read it before, then i visited the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam right after reading it. Oh boy it hit me like a brick, all of it. That was June 2016. I'm back stateside now but Amsterdam enchanted me. Paris too. London too.

I have no "perfect match" in mind, just someone who is generally accepting of my frequent puns (which are usually pretty amusing) and the medium-sized bump where my flat belly used to be. That could be fixed with TENNIS, i love to play tennis and if you do, even recreationally, that would be a YES. But if you don't, that's ok too.

I'm not afraid of cheesy displays of affection (leaving flowers, hiding love notes in your pocket, taking out full-page newspaper ads apologizing for bumping your head with mine when i clumsily moved in for the first kiss).

I've lived in Paris, England, and Czechoslovakia and have travelled almost everywhere else in Europe, and I'm sure i'll bore you with TONS of stories from those travels. You have been warned.

I really miss my first car, a 69 convertible VW Bug, but I loved my 1970 VW Bus the most. I lived in it on various occasions and i'll undoubtedly bore you again with stories of that shit. But don't think that I'm a verbose, pedantic story teller, I've just had a lot of stuff to tell about.

I totally dig thrift-store shopping and antiquing. I drive the coast to Ventura twice a week to hit their (cheaper and better) thrift stores. My apartment (I live alone in a 1bd) is a shrine to vintage stuff -- my friends call it the "Brier Museum". My silverware is all vintage and doesn't match. I love to hike & walk -- my favorite thing is the hike up the back of the Douglas Preserve, then across and down the Mesa Lane steps, then down the beach back to my car. Then to Lazy Acres for my favorite pick-me-up at the juice bar: All greens with ginger/lemon/apple. And to try the cheese samples. But I'm not a health freak.

Did i mention that I'm a New Englander? I grew up just outside of Boston, in a house that was built in 1884. The house that the guy who plays Big Bird on Sesame Street (Caroll Spinney) grew up in. And I'm friends with him. I've got tons of Big Bird stories. Buy me a drink and I'll spill all that stuff. I hope you like stories, for chrissakes. I gots some stories to tell ya, if you really want to know.

Watching movies and making dinner are both plusses for me. As are hiking, camping, and sleeping in. I love my mama too. She lives about 3 hours away and I go visit her and the puppies whenever I have some free time.

P.S. I love cheese.
What I’m doing with my life
After winning the New Yorker Magazine Cartoon Caption Contest...

...i joined an amazing artist's collective where we make incredible vintage-inspired industrial lighting, housewares, and other designer decorative items. I have finallly fulfilled my dream of being a Craftsman! We've been lucky enough to travel to New York City in February as exhibitors at the New York Gift Show, and we're going again in August! And I'm going travelling in Europe this spring, a short hiatus from the collective.

I also love: Searching for beach glass at Butterfly Beach, searching for treasures at thrift stores, (I'm also a professional picker & reseller of antiques), eating the most unusual lunches i can find, and always plannig Big Sur camping trips.
I’m really good at
Talking to strangers, making people feel at home, finding thrift store treasures. And winning the New Yorker Magazine's Cartoon Caption Contest, which i did last year!! If that means ANYTHING to you, then you're already in.

The first things people usually notice about me
That i am friendly & weird. And that i never capitalize the letter "i" except at the beginning of a sentence. It looks too much like a lower case L. And my dirty fingers from hand-crafting my artisian lighting and homewares at the collective.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
WRITERS: Kerouac, Salinger, Bukowski, Vonnegut, Henry Miller. MOVIES: Any Woody Allen, Tootsie, Judd Apatow's stuff, Spinal Tap, War Games, Fargo, etc. MUSIC: The Smiths (*), Belle & Sebastian, Rilo Kiley, Decemberists, Beatles of course, etc.
The six things I could never do without
1. Great food
2. The beach
3. Good beer or wine or spirits
4. eBay (it's my bread & butter)
5. Thrift stores (see #4)
6. Antique stores (see #5)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Oh, so much. I'm a list-maker. I'm always making lists about the things i need to do, remember, find, or notice.
On a typical Friday night I am
A night in, or else having drinks with friends. Typical, i know, but fun. I love laughs with good friends. Often we'll watch baseball. I do like watching baseball. It's ok if you don't. I'll teach you how. Or accept you if you don't want to.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
When i was a kid i thought my dad was Buddy Holly. I never told him that. I never told my dad either.
You should message me if
Well, obviously, if you want to. And if you share any of the joys that i mentioned.