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My self-summary
When not banging nails or sawing wood, I write articles on science, technology and the environment. (I started a full-time staff gig as an editor a couple years ago, and I "telecommute" to their offices in Chicago each day.) I finally had a book published by a giant mega-publishing house headquartered in New York. It's been a passion of mine for a long time, and I can't believe it's on the shelves!

In-between times, I like to work for my dad's small carpentry business. It feels good to swing a hammer after all that sitting in front of a keyboard, and you get a real sense of immediate satisfaction -- as in, "That's what I did today." We converted an old abandoned 19th-century camp cottage into a year-round residence with all the modern amenities, which is where I live. (To get a general idea of things, you can take a look at a website devoted to even smaller places, called "Cabinporn." Gotta love the name. http://cabinporn.com/#)

It feels to be back home in Massachusetts, after working in Switzerland for umpty years -- a region which is very, very different from here in "the happy valley"!

But regardless of what continent I am in, if I had to sum myself up in a headline, it would be "Well-Groomed Mountain Man."

Let me explain . . . In college, I worked in Yellowstone National Park as a volunteer ranger-naturalist for two summers, and after grad school I lived in Australia for four years on a one-year grant (Don't ask!) to learn about their national parks. I supported myself as a freelance foreign correspondent for magazines and newspapers back home in the States. In-between, I did internships at the PBS show "Nature" and a kids' magazine put out by National Geographic.

I love exploring new places -- I've been on assignment to places such as South Africa and Hawaii -- so I guess it's no surprise that when opportunity knocked, I wound up next to the Alps. I worked at a particle physics research center where I wrote and edited their online magazine, and I could look out the office window and see Mont Blanc. (That's the mountain behind me, in my profile photo.)
What I’m doing with my life
Recuperating from book stuff, and plotting my next adventure.

In the words of Huckleberry Finn: "So there ain't nothing more to write about, and I am rotten glad of it, because if I'd a-knowed what a trouble it was to make a book I wouldn't a tackled it, and ain't a-going to no more."

(For now.)

Which reminds me -- be sure to check out the "15 Reasons to Date A Reporter" https://www.eharmony.com/dating-advice/dating-advice-for-you/15-reasons-to-date-a-reporter/#.U5YOrS9hsTx

Other big news: the neighborhood cat seems to have adopted me, and waits outside the porch door each morning.
I’m really good at
trying new foods and adopting to new cultures, which was sort of inevitable considering the places I've lived.

I did discover what is reputedly the best handmade chocolate in all of Switzerland, in a little mom-and-pop which allows unlimited free samples if you're there in person. It's called "Tristan's," and is in a little village outside Lausanne. But if you want to know more, you have to message me . . .


And I'm a killer Scrabble player.
The first things people usually notice about me
Female acquaintances -- all married, alas! -- tell me I clean up nice and look good in a suit. People say I have a good sense of humor; I used to write a humor column. Friends use the words "intelligent," "kind," "sincere," "goofy" and "silly" to describe me. I also get "sweet" a lot, which I am not so sure how I feel about.

I'd much prefer "badass."
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
In Massachusetts - Joe's Pizza, The Iron Horse, and Packards.

In Geneva - I did try 'fondue bacchus' one time under peer pressure (imagine the fondue pot of cheese replaced with a hot bowl of very alcoholic red wine). I think I must have liked it, although my memory of that night is blurry. Even the pictures are out of focus.

ENTERTAINMENT: When it's raining, I like to go an art museum, a cafe, or the movies. Otherwise, I'm on the bike, in the pool, hiking or skiing -- both downhill and cross-country. I did just discover fly-fishing.

MOVIES: Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris." "Gravity." "Run, Lola, Run." "The Lives of Others." "Trainspotting." (I have not seen the sequel yet.)

TV SHOWS: Big Bang Theory, Law and Order, 30 Rock, The Simpsons, The Daily Show, Futurama, Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Spiral. Lead Balloon. The IT Crowd. I'm a sucker for nature documentaries and National Geographic specials.

MUSIC: Wilco, U2, REM, No Doubt, old Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, Neil Young, BB King, The Animals, Nina Simone, Sade . . . depends on my mood.

BOOKS: Just about any decent nonfiction I can get my hands on, if it has a good storyline, including a book simply called: "Salt." For fiction, my current fave is Philip Kerr's "Berlin Noir" series. Oh, and I was given a copy of "The Curious Sofa" by Edward Gorey. Twisted tale! But funny and clever, leaving a lot to one's filthy imagination...
Six things I could never do without
I spend a lot of time thinking about
. . . my latest deadline.

On a typical Friday night I am
out with friends or planning my weekend travels.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My French language skills are crap. (Oops, "merde.")
You should message me if
You are a basically a good person, with a sense of adventure, humor, and intelligence. (Smart chicks are incredibly sexy!) If you're a bit of a wise-ass, leavened with a bit of hidden warmth, that's ideal.

I think that when traveling somewhere and trying new stuff, it's a lot more fun if you have a partner in crime to share the experience.

I would like to have some light-hearted fun, share interests and experiences, and maybe see if anything more can happen.

If not, that's okay too -- it's good to just enjoy the process and know how to enjoy life. As the French say, "Savoir vivre."
The two of us