Hanging out with me is a lot like doing so with a Labrador Retriever. Like the Lab I'm sorely lacking in worldliness, devoid of urban sophistication and by no means the sharpest-knife-in-the-drawer. On the other hand, I compensate with a good-natured core that's easily amused and ready to scramble on a moments notice. You can easily steer me towards any desired destination, but gimme the lead there's no telling where we'll wind up. I respond well to simple suggestions like "walk", "drink", or "eat", but if you mention anything along the lines of the symphony, fusion cuisine, or post-modernist art you'll get little more than a puzzled look and a quizzical tilt of the head.
I'm better at listening than talking, gravitate towards neighborhood and/or dive bars rather than trendy lounges, and prefer deep one-on-one conversation rather than chatting sparsely amidst a big group. More blue-jeans-and-cotton-hoodie than sport coat and slacks, and craves half-pound burgers rather than haute cuisine. Savors life's simple pleasures while (usually) eschewing costly indulgences. I keep a low profile, avoiding excessive attention while giving a wide berth to people who thrive on it. Commonly found in the company of the elderly, the married, the rich-of-heart and the bat-shit-crazy yet noticeably absent from any assemblage of the young-and-the-beautiful. I truly enjoy socializing with mankind, despite having what Charles Bukowski once described as "a terrible itch for solitude". Half latent child, rapt with simple pleasures, natures wonders, and the inner workings of all things mechanical. Half wizened curmudgeon, still subject to whims of the flesh yet mindful of natural laws regarding foolish actions and unforeseen consequences.
And lastly, despite tending a lowly spot on the economic totem pole of the snazzy neighborhood wherein I dwell (Noe Valley, if you're curious), I never cease to be thankful for what I have, what I do, and for the fact that I get to live in this most kickass of cities...
Footnote:If you're taking the trouble to write and your expectation is for myself to drive to where you live, please, be somewhat near-by...meaning within San Francisco or perhaps farther if we can meet near a BART station. I've been contacted by plenty of perfectly nice people that live farther away, and my track record for coordinating with them is presently running around 2-for-19. Also, you need to be in decent physical shape. If you aren't, it's highly doubtful that you'll be able to hang with me.