79Long Beach, United States
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My self-summary
I have always been pretty active. Usually like to go everywhere and do everything. But now, at this stage in my life, I like to appreciate the little things: Dinner with friends. A walk on the beach. A good movie. A good conversation.

When I was younger, my favorite things in life were peak experiences: Mountain biking up a steep hill or down a rocky trail. Doing the Eskimo roll in an enclosed kayak in the open ocean. Scuba diving off Ensenada and playing with the sea lions. Rock climbing in Cheyenne Canyon, Colorado. Hiking with my grandkids in the high Sierra. Body surfing on a perfect evening in Laguna Beach. Sailing with my son alongside a gray whale off Dana Point as the sun is going down, with no other boats in sight.

I'm a writer--fiction, poetry, journalism. Now working on a comic mystery novel based on a short story published in "Murder at the Beach." I am an artsy creative type.
What I’m doing with my life
Writing. Working out. Teaching. Looking for new challenges. Trying to ignore the ticking clock. Also, visiting my son and grandkids, spending time with friends. Looking for good things to read. Feeling young--sometimes.
I’m really good at
Keeping busy. Staying in shape. Looking young. A woman friend told me I speak both male and female languages. BTW, I can say hello in 21 different languages, including Russian and Bulgarian. It's a hobby.
The first things people usually notice about me
Total strangers tell me their life stories. I don't know why.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Literary fiction: “Blood Meridian” by Cormac McCarthy, "Lord Jim" by Joseph Conrad, "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville, "Ulysses" by James Joyce, "As I Lay Dying" by William Faulkner, short fiction by Jorge Luis Borges.

Mystery/thrillers: "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," "Gorky Park" by Martin Cruz Smith, "Presumed Innocent" by Scott Turow.

Hard to categorize: "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt.
Mainstream fiction: "Here On Earth" by Alice Hoffman.

MOVIES: "The Godfather," "L.A. Confidential," "One-Eyed Jacks," "Thelma And Louse," "Fargo," "Blade Runner," "No Country For Old Men."

MUSIC: Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Bob Marley, Chrissie Hind, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Gipsy Kings, Wyclef Jean, and many more.

FOOD: mostly ethnic, including Thai and Mexican. Mostly healthy, more or less.
Six things I could never do without
My grandkids. Writing. Exercise. The sea. The mountains. Good books. Friends. The arts. Love, in all its many forms. Wait, how many is that? Who's counting?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to make my novels better.
How to exercise enough to get back my six-pack abs. Lotsa luck with that.
How to tell a really good joke.
On a typical Friday night I am
Curled up with a good book. Or watching a movie. Or out with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
That I have some regrets in life. Wish I could go back and do a couple things over.
You should message me if
You are smart and funny, you like an occasional drink, you like the arts and think money isn't everything, you are fairly liberal and don't support Donald Trump, you are in touch with your feelings and willing to share them, and you think a relationship might be worth pursuing.
The two of us