*Surviving through adversity.
*Staying up later than anyone you've ever met; I beat the owls at their own game.
*Working a crowd, particularly vocationally, though I've been known to hold court now and again off the clock as well.
*Snappy verbal and written communication: Expressing myself.
*Practicing chivalry and male (largely sexual) dominance through a Feminist lens. Allowing you, should you be so inclined, to express your femininity and sexual submissiveness, without the thought that it makes you "less than" in any way, shape or form, even occurring to me.
*Mastery of the female nether regions.
*Discerning what I think is uniquely attractive and inspirational about you and making sure I keep you well-apprised of my admiration.
*Profoundly empathizing with the pain of your menstrual cramps better than any other dude in the history of man.
*Keeping you laughing, should the stars so align.
*Driving: One-half million miles; zero accidents, zero points.
*Teaching, whether in a classroom, in a workshop or to anyone willing to sit down and let me prattle on.
*Helping you get through it: Being there.
*Setting unconventional priorities.
*Doing the right thing.
*Coping with my tendency toward Terminal Uniqueness.
*My acrobatic eyebrows.
*The people seem to think I look and seem considerably younger than the story the calendar tells. You be the judge.
*The profoundly honest expressiveness of my face; my features can tell no tales.
*My oft-changed facial hair configurations: Facial hair is makeup for men.
A laptop with Internet access. (I'm a major research geek and I let whatever interests me direct my studies.)
My SUV. (I know The City like nobody's business.)
The English language. (I'm a massive lexicologist. I'm a professional writer and I live for words: Nuance, explication, subtlety, signification, killer vocabularies, WIT, and yes, grammar. Verbal acuity and dry humor get me hot--try me.)
Friends & Family. (Yeah, I'm a mama's boy, I'm not going to lie to you. But fret not, she's sweet as pie and lives 2700 miles away.)
San Francisco. (In between and all around the girlfriends and lovers I've had in this town lo these past 30 years, San Francisco, with her high hills and her higher price tag, has always been there for me. For all the ambivalence I've had toward various elements of my life, and times during which I've indulged grass-is-greener fantasies, I've always stood by my lady, Baghdad-by-the-Bay.)
After dinner, the kid goes to CozyTown with one of her parents and after that we have parallel play on our computers as we hash out the week's events, play-by-play.