I love to travel and have traveled a good deal (especially throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean region). After about two weeks away, though, I find myself longing for New York City. I'm a photographer/musician (and former arts administrator) who loves this city - with all its craziness - for being one of the world's great centers of the arts. I also love the ocean and am grateful that New York City is so close to it.
I work out regularly (but I'm no jock). I love music (listening and playing), and enjoy biking, hiking, children and animals, cooking, traveling and learning about different cultures. I'm a long-time very liberal democrat with an interest in politics and a progressive outlook. (I'm trying to maintain a POSITIVE outlook as well, but boy-oh-boy The Donald's f#*&ing appointment by the Selectoral College sure makes that hard! See the NYTimes photo, with my annotation, below).
Doing a lot of traveling but, as with relationships, I've had my fill of traveling solo. Getting more into traveling with groups of like-minded people, especially fellow photographers - e.g., Venice, Guatemala, Cuba (with other artists/musicians/arts administrators for the 2015 Arts Biennial in Havana), and in this year (2017) Chiapas, Mexico and hopefullly back to Cuba for the Carnivale in Santiago de Cuba.
Last notable read was Patti Smith's "Just Kids"; interesting chronicle of her and Mapplethorpe's artistic (and personal) progressions through an interesting era (the beginning was slightly before my time, but I caught up quick). I've got Keith Richards' "Life" calling to me from the bookshelf, and Alexis De Tocqueville's "Democracy in America" on the night table (maybe a Frenchman from the 19th century can help explain how this country got so crazy!).
Music! As a musician I'm open to all kinds of music and have very strong opinions about them. I'll listen to anything at least once, but sometimes once is enough (I'm thinking hip-hop, pop and pop-country, and - I'm sorry - opera). Music to see me through if stranded on a deserted island: Miles Davis's "Kind of Blue," Billie Holiday (The Commodore Recordings); Ravel's String Quartet; and Mississippi John Hurt's "Today" (a Delta blues musician who finally got recognition back in the mid-60s when he was in his late 60s. Sweet gentle voice, excellent but understated guitar playing, and a graceful, kindly manner. Listening to him is like being serenaded to sleep by grandpa).
Food? Here too I'll try (almost) anything at least once. Last gastronomic challenge? Chapulinas, down in Oaxaca, Mexico (grasshoppers - small, medium or large, boiled and then sauteed with chili peppers and other spices. Wasn't too bad, but it was the beer and the shot or two of mezcal that helped me get though the experience).
Also, while I'm not looking for "new friends" (whatever OKC means by that), if you're an artist, photographer or musician, I'm open to getting together to see if we click arts-wise.
Lastly, I don't subscribe to the "A List," so you can "like" me, but I won't know who you are. Be brave and drop me a note, especially if I fall outside your stated range of preferred ages. I respect peoples' preferences, and don't automatically respond to viewers who checked out my profile but haven't dropped me a note. Maybe they chose not to because of the age difference. That's okay; we all have our preferences.
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