burkealex
60 La Jolla, United States
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My self-summary
I am young at heart, youthful in appearance, physically fit, do not smoke or drink or take drugs or eat Pop Tarts or drive recklessly or visit houses of ill repute or watch TV or vote for Republican candidates.

All photos are recent - within last two years.

I've answered over 1500 questions on this site, with comments for most of them. These will reveal far more of my personality than any of the inane comments I can make on this profile. Don't take everything I say seriously. I love sarcasm, contradicting myself or just joking around for the fun of it. Everybody seems so serious these days. Let's all just lighten up.

HIGHLIGHTS OF MY EXISTENCE ON PLANET EARTH:

I was the lead software engineer for over 25 years with Northrop-Grumman Corporation, working on a Top Secret reconnaissance project. During that time I was able to accumulate a large retirement fund and to profit from several real estate investments.

In my retirement, I have written and published three novels; 13 screenplays; one book of poetry; and have painted over 100 paintings and have had four shows at a swanky retirement home.

I am a member of Mensa and scored in the 99th percentile on their IQ test. I weigh in at a whopping 146. Sapiosexuals are welcome like a keg of beer at a fraternity party.

I like intelligent, passionate, lively and aggressive women - of all ages, shapes and styles - who appreciate a quirky sense of humor, amongst other things.

I am the father of a 23 year old son who is away at college and studying psychology. I wonder why.
What I’m doing with my life
Just finished my third novel, eleven short stories and 87 sonnets.

Golf. Chess. Painting. Sculpture. Reading (high-brow novels, history, science, true crime and erotica.)

Wasting time, except when I'm sleeping.

Doing nothing in particular - my specialty.

Thinking, but I'm trying to quit

If you are looking for nothing in particular, you will eventually find it.

If you are going nowhere in particular, you will eventually get there.

Money cannot buy happiness but it makes an excellent down payment.
I’m really good at
Helping people. Listening. Insight.

Helping young adults settle into a career path. I know what works.

Shooting a great score at golf. The key is having a pencil with an eraser on it.
The first things people usually notice about me
This is a trick question. Answering it reveals infinitely more about your self-image than what other people really notice.

It's not my smile because I don't go around with a stupid grin on my face.

The really perceptive people notice that I often wear mis-matched socks. That's what happens when you dress in the dark.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
books: The Brothers Karamazov. Miracle of the Rose. War and Peace. Shakespeare (all). Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Spring Snow. Runaway Horses. Pride and Prejudice. The Gulag Archipelago. The World According to Garp. The Tell Tale Heart. A Streetcar Named Desire. many more ...

movies: anything directed by Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick or Woody Allen. Anything starring Meryl Streep or Marlon Brando. many more ...

shows: burlesque; Robin Williams (R.I.P.) and George Carlin (R.I.P.) are my favorite stand-ups; a knife thrower at a woman tied to a spinning disk; plate spinners on seven different sticks; chainsaw jugglers; the guy who flips cups and saucers with his foot to make a tower on his head; fire eaters; bearded ladies; midgets and dwarfs; Fat Lady; hypnotists; sword swallowers; anyone who can turn his/her head 180 degrees; trapeze artists; lion tamers; and a magician who can make an elephant disappear before your very eyes.

music: Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Beatles; Bob Dylan (early), Jethro Tull, Talking Heads, Eric Clapton, Manfred Mann, Velvet Underground, Beach Boys, Electric Light Orchestra, Cage the Elephant, Culture Shock (remix); classical music - Bach, Beethoven, Schubert; jazz - Ornette Coleman; rap and country suck - except for Tupac and Willie Nelson.

food: Thai, Italian and good old American meat and potatoes.
The six things I could never do without
one, two, three, four, five, six

Why is six afraid of seven?
Because seven ate nine.

Okay if I have to answer then (hold on to your sombreros) 1) World War Two; 2) the Russian Revolution; 3) the Cuban Missile Crisis; 4) the poems and play of William Shakespeare; 5) the JFK Assassination; 6) the unconscious mind (that's where the action is).

I purposefully left off things like family, friends, my kids, my dog, heroin, cocaine, speed, pot, LSD, meth, X, Molly, wine, beer, vodka, porn, guns, knives, rope, handcuffs, etc. because everybody says those things.

I am sure somebody is going to take this seriously.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Where did the time go?

Einstein said it doesn't exist but you could have fooled me.
On a typical Friday night I am
Doing nothing I'd feel guilty about in the morning - unfortunately.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
People have trouble with this question because they associate the word "private" with something they are NOT willing to admit. In other words, by the very fact that it is private means I am not willing to admit it.

The question should be worded, "The most personal thing I am willing to admit publicly."

I got a D - in high school chemistry.

I guess I was studying the wrong kind of chemistry.
You should message me if
It's up to you. I always answer.
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