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My self-summary
When not banging nails or sawing wood, I write articles on science, technology and the environment. (Just started a full-time gig as an editor a couple of months ago.) I finally had a book published in spring 2013. 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 just finished converting an old abandoned cottage into a year-round residence, which I actually moved into a few months ago. I just learned of a website devoted to even smaller places, called "Cabinporn." Gotta love the name. http://cabinporn.com/#

I am back home in Massachusetts, after working in Switzerland and living just across the border in France -- a region which is very, very different from here in "the happy valley"! I returned to my roots in my artsy-fartsy hometown after spending three years working as the only right-brain type among thousands of physicists -- where I sometimes felt like the hippie at a computer conference. It's a relief to be back, though I do miss the chocolate! And some of the people.

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 Seeks Wild Woman."

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.)

No, I won't tell the name of the place, but here's a hint: "Black Holes R Us."
What I’m doing with my life
Recuperating from book stuff, and getting into my new job. Doing the "American ex-pat living in a small French village and writing a book" thing sounds great at first . . . but the reality was a heck of a long, slow, monotonous, hermit-like grind.

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.)

Other big news: I am being slowly and insidiously seduced by the neighborhood cat, who seems to have adopted me and waits outside the porch door each morning. I am convinced that cats bring suitcases.

Take a look at this Times piece, "Confessions of a Cat Guy" http://op-talk.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/03/confessions-of-a-cat-guy/?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C{%222%22%3A%22RI%3A15%22%2C%221%22%3A%22RI%3A10%22}
I’m really good at
trying new foods, which was sort of inevitable considering where I was living. The average French supermarket has hundreds of varieties of cheeses alone for sale, and dozens of varieties of bread.
They even have empty snail shells, so you can make your own escargot at home and give them a nice presentation.

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


And I'm a killer Scrabble player.

Which reminds me -- that's one of the "15 Reasons to Date A Reporter" https://www.eharmony.com/dating-advice/dating-advice-for-you/15-reasons-to-date-a-reporter/#.U5YOrS9hsTx
The first things people usually notice about me
Women in the office -- 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 like a hot crepe by the Bains de Paquis. I did try 'fondue bacchus' one time under peer pressure (imagine the 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. 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" was surprisingly good light summer fluff; I keep thinking back to scenes from it. I liked "Gravity" a lot more than I ever expected. Run, Lola, Run; Trainspotting.

TV SHOWS: Big Bang Theory, Law and Order, 30 Rock, The Simpsons, The Daily Show, Futurama, Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Spiral. The BBC's "Lead Balloon" is fantastic, as are some episodes of "The IT Crowd." I'm a sucker for nature documentaries and National Geographic specials.

MUSIC: 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 narrative, 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
-Swiss army knife
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.") I did take lessons sponsored by the office, but it had a very technical orientation. So, for example, I learned the French word for the process of taking a piece of copper wire and wrapping it around a magnet to form an electromagnetic coil; it's "bobbinage."

Which is NOT something that comes up often in everyday life . . . and dropping the phrase around really does NOT impress the girls.

Just try sidling up to some pretty young French thing in a bar and saying "Bobbinage" sometime.
You should message me if
You are a basically a good person, with a sense of adventure, humor, and wit. (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. It's good to be able to turn to someone and say "Wow, wasn't that cool."

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