badiner
63 Los Angeles, United States
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My self-summary
I have a pretty interesting background which I'd be happy to tell you about later. But I ended up working in Hollywood, and after 20-some rollicking and crazy years, the career merry go round is slowing down. In that never-say-die, can-do spirit I learned on the sporting fields of Scarsdale, I have vowed to reinvent myself, both personally and professionally, for the coming age of...what, exactly? Plutocratic Anarchy?

So here's what I've got going: reasonably youthful appearance; functional, flexible mind; stimulating personality; I'm highly independent, well-adjusted, warm-hearted, imaginative, politically concerned and culturally literate. I've hit the 50 country mark in my travels, but still have many places left to explore or revisit. For the immediate present, L.A. provides ample cross-cultural adventures via random exits 10 miles up or down the freeway.

I'd love to meet a woman with grace, beauty, brains, wit and a fearless heart. That's the writer in me inventing a fictional character. Please, just be who you are...and I'll try to do the same. The possibilities are truly infinite, well beyond this site's algorithmic quantification.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm trying to keep things fresh & make new discoveries...more social outreach & volunteer work in schools/political campaigns; stay involved with friends & family as we transition thru different stages; perhaps find love, if I haven't left the trail completely scorched.
Oh yes, there are still a few unwritten scripts calling out from my subconscious.
I’m really good at
making people laugh, making people think, travel (getting lost & having adventures), pop culture analysis, kissing, hiking, trivial pursuit(s), ordering off the menu, keeping the beat.
The first things people usually notice about me
Besides my sartorially-challenged fashion sense? Maybe my warm laugh, my midnight radio voice or my observant blue eyes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I have too many for this limited space, and it's more fun to discover shared idiosyncratic tastes while getting to know you. I mean, everyone likes Radiohead and Samantha Bee, right? (or at least everyone in my 90027 cohort). For the record (and subject to ongoing revision):
Favorite book: (nf) Nixonland, by Rick Perlstein; (fic) Eat the Document, by Dana Spiotta
Other fave writers: Geoff Dyer, Don DeLillo, Michael Lewis, Mary Karr, Zadie Smith, David Thomson, Joan Didion, Oliver Sacks, Mark Twain
Favorite movie: Arrival, Lalaland, Ex Machina, Boyhood, Tree of Life, Listen Up, Philip, Sideways, The Great Beauty (& Youth too), Notorious, Sullivan's Travels, Sweet Smell of Success, Shampoo, Manhattan, Y Tu Mama Tambien, L'Eclisse, The Passenger, Prophet, Before Midnight trilogy.
Favorite TV show: John Oliver, All In w/Chris Hayes, Silicon Valley, Veep, Documentary Now!, Better Things, Atlanta, Fleabag, Catastrophe, Crazy Ex-GF, Better Call Saul.
Favorite music: Miles, Desmond/Brubeck, Getz, Evans, Cuban jazz, Brian Eno, Stones ('65-'74), Donald Fagen/Steely Dan, Rhett Miller/Old 97s, the National, Sharon Van Etten, Caetano Veloso, Tracey Thorn/EBTG.
Favorite food: Indian, Thai, Mexican or fresh fish on the grill.
The six things I could never do without
Tech toys/Internet, all the great books yet unread, love/friendship, Oregon pinot, fresh citrus, gas in the tank.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how sophisticated I've become at the fine art of procrastination & work avoidance. How much more I could/should be doing with this time to help others around me. What an energy suck this endless sense of guilt becomes. It's all too much for me to deal with anyway.
(This does comes across as self-ironic, doesn't it?).
On a typical Friday night I am
thinking to myself, "Man, this week just FLEW BY. I barely got anything done." Or I might be listening to the jazz concert at LACMA while sipping Prosecco in the Stark Bar (Summer). Or cheering on the awesome Clippers or woeful Lakers (Winter).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I cry a lot more easily now than I used to. Turning into a sentimental idiot at graduations/weddings/sad movies.
You should message me if
I inadvertently dropped the magic word that unlocks your heart;
or you're hungry/lonely/bored/overcaffeinated or fairly drunk.
Any other excuse probably works too.
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