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My self-summary
Not well-rounded, but random points and edges that manage to form a whole.

What are my interests? A list that falls into a few buckets: endurance sports, ideas (big and bizarre). And food. Lots of food.

Retired runner / triathlete doing a lot of cycling these days. I'd love to learn to sail, climb more mountains, mush through the wilderness on snowshoes. Haven't skied much in recent years but hoping to fix that this year.

Love small books & big books, serious and shallow, and a wide range of "the arts" ... once upon a time aspiring architect and film-maker that needs a more steady infusion of the sublime. Buildings and earth art always seemed sexy to me.

Where to start with food & drink? I'm all for fancy food but more I think more pleasure come from things eaten with your hands ... or slurped up in a shady noodle shop. I believe coffee should rarely meet milk and the more bizarre your brewing contraption the better. We live in a beer brewing mecca and it's my patriotic duty to drink a lot of it.
What I’m doing with my life
Filling it up and emptying it out ... over and over again.
I’m really good at
Concocting unexpected analogies. Telling stories that ramble aimlessly and then, out of nowhere, come to a point.

Falling down the stairs and landing on my feet. Sometimes metaphorically, sometimes literally.

Making lists. Obsessing. Picking random numbers; I don't believe in the paranormal but I do have psychic powers.
The first things people usually notice about me
My inability to grow respectable facial hair or to shave it with any frequency?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I moved here from Brooklyn with about 50 boxes of books and records that I've slowly been getting rid of ... an attempt to make my life more zen, reduce my tonnage of posessions.

How about I just name a few things I've loved recently?

For books, Elmore Leonard's LA Confidential was incredible ... the movie was a different beast. This was darker and sharper, like chewing glass. The Sweet Science, a collection of classic New Yorker pieces about boxing, had some incredible dialogue and seedy underground characters ... tales of urban grit that you don't have to care about boxing to love.

Movies ... I'm a junky. Lately I've loved Quatro Volte and The Great Beauty - two incredible Italian films ... about getting old and dying ... and the living that comes before. On a less serious note, Guardians of the Galaxy. Who doesn't like smart-ass raccoons?

Listing music is silly. Not sure if I'm supposed to list stuff everyone knows so we can say - "wow, we both like that!!" - or impress with my obscure and cultivated taste? Ugh. Right now I'm listening to Ethiopian Jazz so I guess I'll go with obscure.

Food ... I'll kinda eat all of it. I'm happy eating at Joule or Barnacle ... but also happy treking out of the city for weird Chinese noodle's at Biang in Everett or for Pupusa's at Tiko Riko. Food can be kind of like traveling to another country sans plane ticket.
Six things I could never do without
Time Away & Silence
Chef's Knife
Internet (my friends & family are scattered; and how exactly did we survive BG - Before Google?)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I spend TOO MUCH time thinking; gimme action!
On a typical Friday night I am

Friday feels more like a middle than an end, a point between a full week and an ambitious weekend. I avoid crowds (Wednesdays are better going out nights, right?), cook something / drink something delicious / watch some movie. I like being up early Saturday to plunge into the weekend.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
This feels like entrapment.
You should message me if
All of the above didn't seem overwhelming, incomprehensible ... or boring?

If you like to explore the city, if you like conversation (frivlous or intensely serious) coupled with food and drink, if people with opinions and quirks are appealing, if you run / swim / bike or are otherwise adventurous ... if going to art galleries and going snowshoeing are equally appealing ... if you gravitate more to intensity than to mellowness.
The two of us