I am a pragmatic liberal Democrat. I spent 25 years in politics in various roles so I am a bit cynical, but, small flames of idealism are popping up in the ashes of my political past. If you support Donald Trump for President, do not contact me.
I believe that friendship is fine as far as it goes, and I have many "friends" who are female. I seek more, however. than friendship or a pleasant evening at the movie or CSO. At my age, time is an important consideration. I realize friendship comes first, but hope things will move along.
I hope that I am one of the more interesting people you might meet. I have been to 43 countries, am a Certified Chicago tour guide, lived on a sailboat, been a lobbyist in Wisconsin, got my Masters (History) 15 years ago from the University of Chicago, and have a TESL certificate. I have worked for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and have a great sense of humor in a rather strange, offbeat way. I am in good health, and am active including sailing, camping, leisurely biking, scuba diving, and would enjoy someone to maybe do some of those things with. Watching Downton Abbey together would be nice too.
I am a culture vulture. I love movies, ethnic dining, cooking at home, the Met Opera in HD, MPark concerts. I usually see at least two or three movies a week. I am a Sox fan but could possibly accept a mixed relationship (a Cubs fan). Viewing sports is OK but not at the top of my to do list.
I am more into experiences than things. I am not rich, but I am not poor. I can carry my own weight financially and hope that you can as well. If you are looking for someone to support you, please look elsewhere. I plan to take more time now to smell the roses with my best friend. You?
There is one caveat. I will not live in the suburbs. I live two blocks from the Lake and the Red Line. I have a car but use public transit and am not crazy about long trips out to the suburbs. Evanston is about as far afield as I am interested in going. I am a city mouse. I love Chicago, BUT, I should add that, if I find the right partner, relocation is possible anywhere except the 'burbs. Paris? Puerto Vallarta? Spending time anywhere warm in the winter is fine too.
Movies: Good ones, classics, I try to see all of the Oscar nominees before the nominations come out. If I haven't, I try to catch up before the Oscar ceremonies. I like the occasional piece of trash as well.
Shows: Small theaters, Looking Glass, Shakespeare on Navy Pier. I have become a Saint (volunteer usher). I also like to get Rush tickets to the occasional Broadway in Chicago show.
Music: Classical. I love the MPark Concerts and go to Ravania when the CSO is there. I enjoy the Met in HD, and the Old Town School in Lincoln Square. I do have an open mind about most other kinds of music except rap.
Food: Almost anything. I have no food allergies, have eaten things I shouldn't have in lots of different parts of the world, and find lots of reasonably priced restaurants all over Chicago. I am not crazy about spinach and fish. Love shellfish though.