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My self-summary
Smart, articulate.
Hopeful but cynical.
Up late always--never awake early.
Undone by the right music, poetry, theatre.
Prefer night, rainfall, fire.
Good painter--I like primary/secondary colors.
Attuned to the feelings of other people.
Can navigate NYC.
Can't dance.
Can't do math in my head. Won't even try after 5:00 pm.
No tattoos; several scars.
Actual height is .05223 football fields.
What I’m doing with my life
Trying not to waste it.
I’m really good at
I'm fairly handy around the house, but I don't do plumbing.
I have a rudimentary understanding of the periodic table of the elements.
I can read poetry aloud as it shoud be read aloud.
Actually, I can read anything aloud and make it interesting.
I can tell if you're lying to me.
I can remember faces from long ago, but not always names.
I can tell you where best to put the furniture in your house.
I have no children, but I know more about them than many parents do.
The first things people usually notice about me
Not sure, but I'm asking around. Will report results as soon as they are in.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food

Perennial faves, mostly guy flicks, I guess:
1,2. Godfather1&2.
3. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
Billy: "You're in poor company, Pat."
Pat Garrett: "Yeah, I'm alive, though."
Billy: "So am I."
4. Raising Arizona "Well OK, then."
5. Pollock--I read that Ed Harris' father recommended he consider doing this movie because he was a dead ringer for Pollock. Which he was, in fact. M G Harden took best supporting for her role as Krasner. Fave quote from the movie: When questioned by Krasner about his style and how it related to "nature", Pollock reportedly said, "I AM nature".
6. Vincent and Theo
7. Anything Monty Python ever put on film
8. Bridge on the River Kwai
9. Casablanca
10. Key Largo
11. The Dirty Dozen
12. The Agony and the Ecstacy
13. Apocalypse Now
14. On the Waterfront
15. My Fair Lady (Harrison-Hepburn) (Move your bloomin' arse!)
16. The Lion in Winter
17. Lawrence of Arabia "...I killed two men...I enjoyed it."
18. Streetcar Named Desire (Brando, Leigh)
19. Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid-- "Who ARE those guys?"
20. Becket
Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine:
" I gave you my youth, I gave you your children."
King Henry II:
"I don't like my children! And as for your youth, that withered flower, pressed between the pages of a hymnbook since you were twelve years old, with its watery blood and stale, insipid scent, you can bid farewell to that without a tear. Your body was an empty desert, madame, which duty forced me to wander in alone."


William Hurt
Holly Hunter
K Hepburn
A Hopkins
Tim Roth
Richard Burton
Yul Brenner
Lee J. Cobb
James Caan
Jason Robards
Omar Sharif
Jeremy Brett
Julie Christie
Slim Pickens
Kirk Douglas
Anthony Quinn
Sophia Loren
John Malcovitch
Gregory Peck
M Streep
Peter Ustinov
Michael Caine
Sean Connery
David Niven
Johnny Depp
Lauren Bacall
Glenn Close
Helen Mirren

Wallace Stevens
Alan Dugan
Tennyson-if only for "Ulysses"

JS Sargent
AP Ryder
Jacques-Louis David
DG Rossetti
Jan van Eyck
El Greco

In the Garden of Beasts--Larson
God is Not Great--Hitchens
Empire of the Summer Moon--Gwynne
The God Delusion--Dawkins
Strictly Speaking--Newman
T.S. Eliot, a Life--Ackroid
Auden in Love--Farnen
Charlotte's Web--White
All cartoon collections by B. Kliban (Never Eat Anything Bigger than Your Head, etc.).

MUSIC--Short beginning of a long list.
Neil Young
Beatles Stones
Dead Can Dance
Fleet Foxes
Allman Bros--including Gregg's solo stuff
Steely Dan
Amy Winehouse
Julia Fordham
Thin Lizzy
Tom Waits
The Cult
The Verve
Stevie Wonder
Band of Horses
The Samples
Lou Reed
Psychadelic Furs
Zeppelin (how can you not, I mean, really?)
Eagles--not the overplayed stuff, but early stuff like 'Is it True?'
Def Leppard (sorry, but they rocked with Mutt Lange. Same with AC/DC)
Earlier Dylan
Small Faces
Earlier Rod Stewart (before he went disco)
Selected Elvis
Charlie Sexton
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Sun Kil Moon
My Morning Jacket
Leon Russell
Jerrry Jeff Walker
Robert Earl Keen
The Clash
Little Richard
Merle Haggard
Los Lobos
Some opera--mostly arias
Much classical

My own recipes

"Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a bananna." G.Marx
"Eighteen whiskies--I think that's a record."--Dylan Thomas (actual dying words)
"Don't drink the water, kid--fish fuck in it."--W.C. Fields
"What does it pay?"--W.B. Yeats on hearing he had won the Nobel prize for literature
"In times of crisis, everybody's wrong all the time."--W. Churchill
"Immorality: the morality of those who are having a better time."--H.L. Menckin
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."--A. Einstein
"If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn't be a bit surprised."--Dorothy Parker
"Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy."--FS Fitzgerald
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."--G. Marx
"Some people are born a long way from where they're supposed to be."--B Dylan
The six things I could never do without
1. Duct tape
2. Quilts my grandmothers made. (Never blankets.)
3. Canvas and paint. I'm counting these as one.
4. Music and operatic tenors--counting as one also.
5. Gotta have cash money.
6. Solitude. Maybe more than you might imagine.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Life, death, sex, love, etc. Also, time travel.
On a typical Friday night I am
Hard to say.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Currently examining deepest/darkest self to answer this one. I can, however, assure you that deepest/darkest self is deep and dark.
You should message me if
For starters, you should message me if you can speak and write proper English (spelling included). For instance, maybe you would have noticed that "to message" is not really a verb.

If you appreciate irony, sarcasm, absurd humor. Real beauty. Genuine emotions. Please don't say "My 'children', 'pets', 'church', 'family', 'rock climbing', 'fishing', 'anything outdoors', 'motorcycles', 'camping', 'NASCAR' is/are my life.'"

If you can think of nothing more to say about yourself than, "I love to laugh," you should examine the cable channels--maybe the Cartoon Network. Long walks? Idiocy. When's the last time you took one? What was your departure/destination? Where and why does one go for long walks unless there's no other option? Get a fucking treadmill or join a gym. Maybe you're 'living life to its fullest'; maybe you love 'travel' and 'experiencing new things'. I suggest a subscription to Reader's Digest or National Geographic. Sunsets? Sunrises? Please. There are lovely photos available (online, even). Pretty colors. Shiny things.

'Message' me if you can name the three primary colors of pigment. If not, maybe the three primaries of light. This is not a deal killer--more of an informal survey.

You should not message me if you use text message abbreviations on this site. You will not hear from me.

No Christians of any stripe, please. You guys all deserve each other.