Friends say about me: intelligent, and a gentleman, but I still do things like surprise them with a moon at the pool party! I have a sense of romance and adventure - have crossed the Atlantic on the Queen Elizabeth II and enjoyed Cunard's superb service and gazing at the ocean for hours, reading in a deck chair. Nights, dressed up with my woman friend and danced the night away. But I also need loads of time to myself (think 'writer', like Tennessee Williams..)- and yes, I am writing a book about my family. Interesting history. My long-time friends understand that when they come to visit. They are content to watch tv or read something from my 1,000+ volume library until we are ready to go out to eat, or wave-running, or playing shuffleboard in downtown St. Pete Friday nights (or hitting the salsa night at the Liquid in Ybor) - rarely now, but still fun occasionally. I am not big on road trips. I even fly to Miami now when I visit there.
I usually stay up until midnight, but still get up by 7:30 every day. I can't believe how many people around here go to bed at 8 or 9 o'clock. I'm still wide-awake then; sometimes having a light supper. In summer, I tend to stay inside during the heat of the day (office or home) and come out at sunset or after.
Things I've done or still do: chatting with interesting people at bars or professional meetings, reading, organist, kayaking, gardening, yoga. Occasionally visiting the King Corona in Ybor, smoke a cigar (ONLY there), and watch the world go by through the big windows. I've become much more of a homebody lately.
Music likes: Techno, pop, jazz, 40's, baroque and renaissance. Strange combination of silliness and seriousness, as appropriate. Dry sense of humor. I have even recently been called exotic(!). Confidant of several. And, very professional and respected in my career.
(I had to ask a friend this question!)
Classic movies (Turner Classic) and tv shows. My favorite author is Christopher Isherwood (he wrote the book on which the movie Cabaret is based).
Music - I switch between pop & techno and classical.
Very light eater - sushi, salads, shrimp scampi...
(the rest I COULD do without if necessary):
strawberries with breakfast, an urban living environment, preferably in a historic district), educated, fun, and open-minded friends, the morning paper (a good one), and that 's about it.
(truth is, there's not a whole lot about me that isn't an open book)..
Also - I still get hard as steel -:)
If you can understand that I thrive on privacy and don't tolerate fools (especially somebody's tiresome, drama-making, or needy friends or relatives), yet occasionally enjoy a fun evening out with good friends, then we're off to a good start.