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My self-summary
I march to the beat of a different drummer.

My primary photo was taken Nov 2012. I don't look much different but if requested will out up a more current one.

As my intro line indicates I'm a bit of a loner who feels it is important to be true to oneself and go without some of the benefits that come with being a member of the pack. I try to maintain an open mind and am accepting of other beliefs but I do have strong feelings on how one should ethically conduct their lives.

I believe that non-traditional rolls in male/female relationships are viable. I'm an idealist and a romantic. The best things in life are made so much more rewarding when shared. If I found the right woman she would be my best friend and of course would enjoy in sharing our mutual joys and pursuits. However we both would be accepting in accommodating the other in activities in which one of us might have little if any previous interest. Who knows - she could turn me onto something that is new and wonderful! With the right woman I would much rather stay home with her or go out and do something just by ourselves then go out to a party.

Although over the years I've had my favorite television programs I'm not a television watcher per se but watching TV on a comfortable couch with a curvaceous, like-minded woman is a great prelude to cuddling. I'm a touchy/feely type of person.

I have an artistic nature and enjoy creating art including abstract sculptures as well as flat art work. Other interests include woodworking and gardening, both flowers and vegetables.

Enjoy hiking which I try to do on a daily basis with my great dog in Duke Forest and also canoeing, bicycling and camping and would like to get back into photography, a pursuit I once enjoyed. Although there is nothing like the beach and I love playing in the surf then basking in the warmth of the sun on the sand I find myself drawn to the mountains, any mountains.

Sunsets are one of my favorite things. I'm a liberal tree hugger. And also an animal lover - therefore I don't eat them.

I love going to the local independent theaters, art galleries and thrift shops/recycling centers finding discarded/broken items and repairing or finding new uses for them. I'm an environmentalist who tries to reduce his footprint on our incredibly beautiful yet not without limits planet. I'm a fierce backgammon player who loves playing someone my equal, or even better, of superior caliber! Regarding my comments on backgammon they pretty much describe my feelings towards partners in many matters. Foreplay can take place on more then just the physical plane. The mind can be a very sexy organ!

I love taking the road less traveled, the two lane blacktops through the countryside, seeing things that time has left behind. I do not like flying unless it is in a small 4-passenger plane and would much rather drive when going on a trip. For me the actual journey is at the very least as important as the destination. Travel by train is a great alternative! I have traveled up to NYC and then on to Port Jervis, NY by train and thoroughly enjoyed it. Would love to go on multi-day train trips through mountainous areas.

I am unpretentious, nontradtional, and individualistic.
What I’m doing with my life
Enjoying the journey, staying true to myself, pursuing my artistic endeavors, fulfilling my obligations and commitments to my family and friends, trying to balance my wants with my needs, maintaining an open mind, involved with my pro animal/environment/progressive causes, keeping hope alive.
I’m really good at
Preparing for trips, watching sunsets, canoe camping, finding unusual rocks and pieces of wood, backgammon, making my friends and family feel special, having too many projects underway, balancing objects on top of each other, collecting obscure discarded items, finding uses for said items whether for practical or esthetic purposes, building cairns, being distracted by a loving woman, noticing things about our world that most people either are oblivious to or are outright not interested in, fixing things around the house, finding places for things and finding things for places, filling up all available space with great stuff, matching the right size container for leftovers.
The first things people usually notice about me
Well I really don't have a clue but a safe guess would be that soon after meeting me most people would see that I?m interested in them and what they have to say.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: hard to pick favorites but off the top of my head here are
some that I especially like(Some are known by practically everyone and others by only a lucky few):

Tolkien's Middle Earth mythos

Isaac Asimov's fiction (and non fiction) especially his Foundation and Robot series

"Interview with a Vampire" by Anne Rice

Jean Auel's Earth Clan series

"Prince Ombra" by Roderick Macleish

"In the Shadow of a Rainbow" by Robert Franklin Leslie

"The Day of the Jackal" by Frederick Forsyth

"Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes

Science books: "Galaxies" by Timothy Ferris
"Powers of Ten" by Philip and Phylis Morrison

Text book: "Astronomy: Fundamentals and Frontiers" by Jastrow and Thompson, 2nd edition

History books: "The Hundred, A Ranking of the Most Influential
Persons in History" by Michael H. Hart

Poetry Book: "Collected Poems of Robert Service"

Movies: Some of my recent favorites in no particular order:
Boys Don't Cry, The Red Violin, Life is Beautiful, Straight Story,
Waking Ned Divine, Bossa Nova, Closet, Jump Tomorrow, Ghostworld, Brokeback Mountain, Little Miss Sunshine, Dot the i, A Very Long Engagement, Sideways, Stage Beauty, Kinsey, Dirty Pretty Things, In July, Nine Queens, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Dead Man, Matrix, Terminator, Clerks, Chasing Amy

Oldies but goodies: Doctor Strangelove or: HILtSWaLtB; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; 2001 - A Space Odyssey, Forbidden Planet; Light Years (favorite animation film); Fountain Head (this is a very well done film even if I find Ayn Rand's philosophy abhorrent! )

Music: Again it is hard to pick out favorites but here are some
musicians/groups who I listen to on a regular basis: Enya, Nikolai
Rimsky-Korsakov, Ray Lynch, Pat Methany, Jean-Luc Ponty, Kraftwerk,
Art of Noise, Joseph-Maurice Ravel, Roy Orbison, Deep Forest,
Dissidenten, Rush, Beatles, Rachmaninov, Jan Hammer, Jeff Beck,
Peter Gabriel, Steel Eye Span, Dick Dale, Moody Blues, Jethro Tull,
Kansas (first album), Creedence Clearwater Revival, Return to
Forever, Mike Oldfield, Al DiMeola, Ry Cooder, Joe Satriani,
Clannad, Enigma, Yello, Dead Can Dance, Earthnation

Food: dark chocolate, rhubarb, fresh tomatoes out of my garden,
pasta and all the wonderful meat substitutes
Six things I could never do without
1 my dogs; 2 Duke Forest (or anywhere that I can let my dogs off leash and allow them to enjoy being dogs); 3 independent films and theatres (Carolina, Chelse,etc); 4 change of seasons; 5 music, 6 mountains/rivers/lakes/ocean
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My ideas for art and how to execute them in order to produce a piece of art. How to make my way thru the world staying true to myself and how to help make the world a little better place for all living creatures even if it is in a small way. How to make progress in all things I attempt including my own happiness.
On a typical Friday night I am
searching for extraterrestrials, extending my escape tunnel, collecting stardust
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm not particularly good at making money, being the center of attention, following trends or fitting into traditional societal roles, being involved with large groups no matter how good they might be or acquring the latest hi-tech gadgets.
You should message me if
I'm looking for someone who is politically liberal and who believes that religion isn't necessary to lead a moralistic life. I've mentioned I try to keep an open mind so practitioners of Christianity, Buddhism, paganism or other religious pursuits are welcomed as long as they are not fundamentalist and in turn are accepting of my atheism. She should lead a relatively simple, non-materialistic lifestyle as opposed to one that is consumer driven and enjoy being physically active on a regular basis and enjoy the outdoors throughout the year. Someone with artistic/creative pursuits would be especially encouraged to respond.

I admit it is the outward appearance of a woman that attracts me in the first place but it is what is inside her that keeps me interested.
The two of us