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My self-summary
A fairly recent (summer of '10, but it still FEELS recent!) transplant to the DC area - I'm an attractive, educated, honest, politically liberal (was a full-time volunteer with the '08 Obama campaign) professional male with a great sense of humor, who is looking for new friends and, if I stumble across her, the last great love of my life.

I work out regularly, and am very youthful in both appearance (usually guessed as being at least 10 younger than my age) and, more importantly, in attitude. I'm very affectionate. If we're out together, it won't feel right if we aren't walking hand in hand. I'm also somewhat rare in that I've never been married, have no children, yet have somehow avoided living with my mother for more than 30 years - go figure. (But to answer a frequent question, I did have a long-term - maybe 18 years or so - relationship.) I'm now starting the next chapter in my life, and want someone special to share it with.
What I’m doing with my life
Fairly recently relocated to the DC area for a new job after living in the Midwest all of my life. I was born and raised in Iowa, moved to Chicago for law school and lived there for most of the last three decades.
I’m really good at
Making people laugh, being empathetic, listening to and helping solve problems, and sharing wine. Also tend to be very difficult to beat at trivia.
The first things people usually notice about me
My sense of humor. I know - you'd think it would be something physical, but nope, pretty sure it's my sense of humor. Beyond that, I apparently have a very nice head of hair.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I tried resisting them, but ending up being a huge Harry Potter fan. I'll read pretty much anything - biographies, mysteries, etc. Enjoyed "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" series.

Movies: Being a boy, I like action movies and having grown up reading Marvel comic books, I've enjoyed seeing them come to life. Strangely, I also like romantic comedies. Apparently I have something of a sentimental and/or romantic streak hidden deep below the surface. I try to keep it submerged, but it surfaces frequently. (Most recent fave was "The Hundred-Foot Journey".) Also a big fan of live theater.

Music: I like almost everything - rock, classical, alt, even some country (Cash, Waylon & Willie). I listen to new music, but will always love classic rock. (I will always believe John Fogerty is the greatest rock'n roller this country has ever produced, and insist on using Steely Dan to test new speakers.) I'm also a big Jimmy Buffett fan, but my Parrothead days are pretty much behind me.

Food: I love food - especially French, Italian, Cajun, Asian, cheese, chocolate, etc. Love anything that goes well with wine (and even some things that don't).
Six things I could never do without
Laughter, wine (red, white, and sparkling - does that count as one or three?) and a corkscrew, good food, good company, chocolate. (Yes - I know chocolate is a food, but it gets its own spot on the list.) I suppose wine glasses should be included, or at least a brown paper bag if we are in survivalist mode and passing around the open bottle. Oh, and Costco - I'm strangely attracted to Costco.

Sadly, I'm also one of the many addicted to my smartphone (Droid, to be specific). While not prepared to say it revolutionized my life or anything, I'd likely put up a fight before losing it. Okay, I'll give you my Droid when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Wine and women. I'll occasionally get a song stuck in my head, but mostly it's wine and women.

Also, trying to remember the Oxford comma. I used it as a child in school, it then disappeared, but is now apparently back in vogue. I'm fairly certain a missing Oxford comma was part of the Bush administration justification for the Iraq war.
On a typical Friday night I am
Having dinner with friends, drinking wine, and laughing. Lots of laughing. Curiously, when lots of wine is being consumed, the laughing seems to increase exponentially. But having learned that correlation does not imply causation, that could be a statistical anomaly.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a wine collection of 1,200 or so bottles of [wine], mostly French - [Bordeaux] and [Burgundy], much of which is sleeping blissfully back in Chicago, tucked away in its storage locker. Talk about separation anxiety ...

Also, I have no uvula. Really. It was removed along with my tonsils in the summer of '08. (And yes, an adult tonsillectomy is EVERY bit as horrible as they say it is.) The tonsillectomy was needed after discovering I suffered from mild sleep apnea due to (almost hate saying because it sounds like a cheap pick-up line!) my tongue being too large. I swear it's true.
You should message me if
You are an intelligent, attractive woman with a great sense of humor, looking for a man who will complement and challenge you (and who will do the same for me). It wouldn't hurt if (full disclosure) you are somewhat curious about, and open to, bondage and bdsm, as I have certain interests in that area. Fellow oenophiles and/or wine geeks are always encouraged.
The two of us