72Poulsbo, United States
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My self-summary
I waited until I had answered the sections below before I tried to answer this one. Now anything I say here will be redundant, so just read below to find out what you need to know about me.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm recently retired and having a wonderful time doing the things I love--traveling, reading, volunteering, visiting with friends, bicycling. My retirement is a terrific "payback" for all those years of keeping my nose to the grindstone, and I know I am so lucky to be able to take advantage of it. I love traveling, and am looking for a travel buddy who is interested in adventure travel such as cycling trips in The Netherlands and Belgium and long hiking treks such as Spain's Camino de Santiago. Since retiring, I have attended a three-week Spanish immersion course in Mexico (and would like to do it again), and spent three weeks volunteering for a non-profit organization in Honduras (and would like to do it again)
I’m really good at
Parallel parking...seriously, that's my talent, and I'm pretty upset about these new cars that park themselves! I'm also a pretty good buddy and friend, a fun travel partner, a good listener, and I'm especially good at staying young at heart.
The first things people usually notice about me
People tell me it's my smile.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I love to read and am really enjoying re-reading, or in some cases, reading for the first time many of the classics. I also enjoy books by John Fowles, Ian McEwan, Barbara Kingsolver, Bill Bryson and many other modern writers. Favorite movie: Gallipoli. Favorite music: Rachmaninoff, Chopin, The Eagles, Bob Dylan, and Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. Favorite food: Tabasco, okra, Arthur Bryant's bar-be-que, coquille st jacques, broiled lobster, and a fabulous clam linguini made by ME!
Six things I could never do without
-political discourse and sharing ideas (I have friends who satisfy this need but if you like to do this too, it would be a real plus)
-the love, trust and friendship of my daughter
-the quiet, non-demanding affection of my pets
-books that carry me away
-traveling (and when I can no longer travel physically, I will travel vicariously through books, media, and other people's experiences)
-the expectation that I will see the friends I hold dear, and do all the things I love to do, again.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
renting a litle place in England, Ireland or the island of Sark for a month or so; visiting Prince Edward Island; learning Japanese.
On a typical Friday night I am
at happy hour at The Loft, visiting and having dinner with friends or relaxing at home
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I want to skydive, just once, and live to tell about it.
You should message me if
you are fun, like to travel and have an active lifestyle, do not take yourself too seriously, enjoy life, appreciate where your life has taken you to date, and are eager to see where it may take you from here.
The two of us