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My self-summary
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.

Sounds cute, no? A lot of interested parties have responded to the friendly-dog parallel, and I've met with a fair number of them. What I've found is this.... the Labrador Retriever thing seems to go over well in my profile, but most women quickly lose interest when they come face-to-face with it. I can see them thinking, "Shit, this guy isn't kidding!" while they're hastily quaffing down a $12.00 glass of Chardonnay and contemplating a quick but polite exit strategy. What do I wind up with? An blown investment of time and travel, a ten minute meeting that got weird about five minutes in, and a trip home to salvage a day that's been largely shot. My tastes in food are *painfully* simple. "Travel" for me means taking BART over to Berkeley or driving down to Half Moon Bay. I get around via Bicycle, public transit, or walking. I'm not terribly successful, wealthy, or well-connected. All that said, I'm happy. I take great pleasure in my lifestyle. Dating and interacting with the opposite sex is something I think about, but at this point in my life it's by no means a top priority.
What I’m doing with my life
Bicycling amidst San Francisco, the Oakland Hills, and the wilds of Contra Costa County. Going all all-day city hikes, and making pit-stops at neighborhood watering holes. Enjoying spare time is presently on the front burner, while career and financial gain are simmering somewhere on the back.
I’m really good at
I'm really good at fixing stuff. Within me dwells the spirit of a warrior-handyman that wields power tools and super-glue whilst waging a never-ending battle against shoddy manufacturing and planned obsolescence. I'm great at getting around San Francisco without a car...be it by foot, bicycle or MUNI bus. Oh yeah, I'm my own favorite cook, a culinary legend-in-my-own-mind. I claim to make the best burrito in town (More of Indian-Mexican wrap that I call a "Vindorito"), but if you chat up any of my past house guests they'll probably beg to differ...
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm in great shape for my age. Other than that? People don't notice me. Bluntly put, I've taken "low key" to something of an art form.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I've lived without a television since 1988. I do not care in the slightest what you read, watch, or listen to. If you wrote a long-winded response to this question, I probably skipped it. While I'm marginally cognizant of popular media, none of it is a major focus in my life . If you feel the same way, it probably bodes well.
Six things I could never do without
My morning coffee shop (24th Street Location)
My neighborhood pub
My bicycles, the number and condition of which are in a constant state of flux...
Public Transit
A Cuisinart food processor
I spend a lot of time thinking about
the food in my refrigerator, and the timely consumption therof before any of it goes bad.
On a typical Friday night I am
....holed up in a cozy neighborhood bar, shooting pool, tossing darts, or watching baseball while engaging in friendly banter with other patrons.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
On politics, I'm somewhat right-of-center and skeptical over current theories regarding climate change and greenhouse gasses . (Sound of crickets chirping....) Still there? It's OK if you beg to differ, as long as (like myself) you're not a Zealot.
You should message me if
...you're an active practitioner of "The Five Second Rule".
The two of us