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My self-summary
Rene Descartes walks into a bar. Bartender says "Would you like a drink?" Descartes says "I think not" and disappears.

Woman walks into a bar. "What'll you have?" says the bartender. "An entendre," says the woman. "Make it a double." So he gave it to her.

I am Quasimodo. Be my Esmeralda?

I have a rheumatoid inflammatory condition. And some heart problems. Thus I am unlikely to accompany you on any marathons. I will happily cheer you on, and be waiting at the finish line with a nice beverage for you as well as a big towel to wrap you in.

But I am not defined by my maladies. Just being up-front.

I've discovered that I miss being able to put my arms around someone. As that eminent philosopher Dave Attell has observed, men and women are a lot alike in certain situations. Like when they're both on fire - they're exactly alike.

A certain lack of delicate sensibilities is something I everyone. People are too offended by words and not offended enough by substance.

That said, I am absolutely horrified by the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Mango Mussolini is not and will never be my President.

I like movies very much, and music. I play several instruments badly. Art is important to me, although I am more likely to look at an unusual piece and think it is cool than stroke my beard and use words like "zeitgeist" to describe it. I don't apologize for this; there's nothing wrong with liking a piece of art because it looks cool. Just ask H.R. Giger.
What I’m doing with my life
I tell the stories of the people in a large school district. I like it better than my former career as a reporter, because the stories I get to tell now are all good news!
I’m really good at
Writing. Cooking. Making people laugh. Once in a while getting a really great photograph. Check these out (copy and paste the URLs into your browser):
The first things people usually notice about me
That I make a handy portable shade on sunny days. I am a large mammal.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: William Gibson. Neal Stephenson is on my list too. Sarah Vowell. Hunter S. Thompson, of course (R.I.P., Doc), and Ken Kesey (Hail to the chief). Kerouac too.

Movies: Anything directed by Stanley Kubrick, Terry Gilliam, Alex Proyas, and Akira Kurosawa; or starring Shintaro Katsu, Tony Jaa, Steven Chow or Chow-Yun Fat. I am also obsessed with Louise Brooks, the silent film star.

TV Shows: Iron Chef. Top Gear. Warner Brothers cartoons (preferably pre-1950--Daffy Duck was hilarious in those days, before they made him Bugs Bunny's punching bag).

Music: Loud and nasty. I have seen Slayer nine times (huh? Speak up!). On the other hand I also like Willie Nelson. And the older I get, the more I appreciate the genius of Tom Waits.
Six things I could never do without
A guitar, even though I suck at it.


Something to read.

Mount Rainier. I lived in a place where I could only see it on really clear days for a long time; back in the valley now and loving the view.

My car. I drive a giant old Lincoln Town Car that is sort of a living room on wheels. It's like a 210-horsepower Barcalounger.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
where to go next. How I got here. Where you are, and if I will ever find you. I've thought I found you before, but I was mistaken. Being right for a change would be amazing.
On a typical Friday night I am
Eatin' Cheetos on a beanbag chair in the basement. OK, not totally true. There is no beanbag chair or indeed even a basement.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I like Spam. And I own four Beanie Babies, all of which were gifts from my mother.
You should message me if
Substance is more important to you than form.
The two of us