59 Croton-on-Hudson, United States
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My self-summary
I'm an island of stability in a seeming world of chaos. Interested in many things, you'll find a wide variety of books in my library. As you might guess, I have a natural curiosity about the world we live in. Of course, this means that I can converse about many topics - and tie seemingly unrelated things together.

Being widowed has given me a new perspective on life, giving me an appreciation for the "now" - a chance to "smell the roses". I've started to travel within the USA, and have built a "bucket list" of places I want to see and things I'd like to do (with someone special). Hopefully, I'll be able to check off as many things as possible from this list which includes the following regions/areas/sites/cities:

1. Great Britain and Ireland
2. Germany and Scandinavia
3. Australia and New Zealand
4. Patagonia (Argentina and Chile)
5. Hawaii (all islands)
6. Hong Kong, Bejing, and the Great Wall.
7. The Galapagos Islands
8. California (with a road trip from SD to SF on the PCH)
(I love the region, and recharge my batteries there.)
10. The Pacific Northwest (Washington & Oregon).
11. Yellowstone National Park.
12. The Grand Canyon

Most of all, I'm a person who tries to take a positive view of life - even when the world is crashing down around me. No, I am not a Pollyanna - I am a realist. It is this general faith that things are not terminal that helps me make it through the day.

ps: If you like what you see, don't wait for me to write you.
I don't bite --- but if you'd like, I'll nibble. :-)
What I’m doing with my life
I'm catching up on pleasure reading that I put off while studying for my recently awarded degree. Besides that, I'm meeting with new people, seeing new places, taking part in new activities in order to keep growing as a person.
I’m really good at
Moderately obscure trivia and solving problems. (This comes in handy when playing Scrabble, as I do know a three letter word for the cross between a Yak and a Musk Ox.)

I am a information sponge. And I tend to use this trait effectively, as it has been a great help for me in my career. Having both breadth and depth of knowledge allows me to come up with ideas which are keys to solving important problems on the job - and allows me to more easily deal with problems that pop up in life.
The first things people usually notice about me
Actually, I'm not really sure about this one....

Yet - if one gets to know me a little, one will find that I have a big laugh when genuinely amused. I find a lot in life which will bring a smile to my face....

And I shouldn't say this being a New Yorker --- But sometimes, on rare occasions, I will pay attention to the Walk/Don't Walk lights that NYC erects to test our innate jaywalking skills. :-)

If you haven't guessed - I have an unusual sense of humor....
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Any Mickey Spillane "Mike Hammer" novel
and "Harpo Speaks". (I wish I could have met
both Mickey Spillane and Harpo Marx.)

Plays: (Off Broadway) Freud's Last Session and Million Dollar Quartet. (Broadway) Chicago and revivals of The Man Who Came to Dinner, Boeing Boeing, and Don't Dress for Dinner. Recently, I saw "Old Jews Telling Jokes", and it was a hoot.

Movies (in no order): A Hard Day's Night, A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races, Duck Soup, Casablanca, The Left Hand of God, Champagne for Caesar, My Man Godfrey, The Great Dictator, The Godfather (parts I & II), How the West was Won, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Americanization of Emily, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. (I love old films - both drama and comedy.)

Music: The Beatles, Sam Cooke, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, and Frank Sinatra. (I could listen to them all day!)

Food: Sushi, Peking Duck, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Dim Sum, Crawfish and Sauerbraten. (Call me anything, except late for dinner!)

Need I say more here? Except, to say that I went out of my way to have Peking Duck on the last day of a San Francisco vacation.
The six things I could never do without
1. Smartphone
2. Computer(s)
3. Car
4. Books
5. TV/DVD-BluRay
6. Friends and Family (Most Important)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings....
On a typical Friday night I am
Enjoying dinner with a friend or two (if I'm lucky).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
If I were to admit it here, it wouldn't be private any longer.


I will tell you after we've gotten to know each other. I'll bet you a cup of coffee or a drink that you'll never guess what that secret could be!
You should message me if
You're curious about enigmas, are looking for friendship and/or a love interest. (The best relationships seem to develop when two people are "best friends" first.... for lack of a better description)