57Sunnyvale, United States
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My self-summary
I think the paragraphs below cover a lot of what I'm all about, but here are a few other thrilling details.

I grew up in the Midwest, but always wanted to live near a beach. So I ended up in the Panhandle of Texas for three years -- go figure! But then I arrived in Mecca and now go to the beach maybe once a year. Sad! Perhaps you are interested in going to the beach? I need someone to watch for sharks! :-)

I would love to meet someone who likes local activities and going out and exploring all the great things the Bay Area has to offer. Sad to say, I've gotten away from doing as much of this as I would like, and I think meeting someone who also needs to breakaway from the grind (and projects -- ahh, the endless home projects) would get both of us on the road and sharing fun activities.

We will never know unless we give it a whirl!
What I’m doing with my life
I have several jobs, all of them involving teaching/coaching/recreation in some way. One of them pays the rent, and the other two are the passions of my life -- coaching figure skating and badminton. I live for my Summers of Freedom. Otherwise, what I would be doing with my life would involve padded cells and straitjackets. No one can spend that much time with teenagers and not need a decent break!
I’m really good at
Organizing people and things and getting stuff done. It's a good thing my house is an ongoing work in progress, or I would have nothing to do!

I'm reasonably creative and enjoy making and buying (mostly buying of late) craft items for my house. I also enjoy spending time in my garden and keeping it in good shape.
The first things people usually notice about me
My smile and my sense of humor.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I like quite a few different types of books, movies, and music, but I'm pretty much a fuss-budget when it comes to food. Not very adventuresome when it comes to trying new food. I would be happy to watch you eat whatever you like, should food adventure be one of your things.

One of my current favorite TV shows is "Big Bang Theory". Doesn't matter how many times I've seen an episode, it always makes me laugh. Would love to be on "The Amazing Race".

I read mostly non-fiction, but dip into fiction when a title comes along that intrigues me. I try to read a book at least one hour a day and feel deprived when I can't fit that in. Magazines and newspapers get attention too when time permits. So many books, so little time!
Six things I could never do without
My figure skates and badminton racquet
My Christmas decorations
My fireplace
My pets, friends, and family
My books
Pizza, steak, ice cream and cheese (okay so maybe that is more than six things but I still can't live without them)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How I can finagle retiring someday soon (ain't gonna happen, pending lottery winnings) so I can have Years of Freedom instead of just Summers of Freedom.
On a typical Friday night I am
Hanging out at home. Nothing against going out and doing something, but I'm pretty happy at home too. Hoping to meet you to find things that are more fun to do.
You should message me if
You would like to meet a new friend and have a fun companion with whom to do lots of activities in the context of a long-term relationship. I hope you are a nice person with a kind nature, a good sense of humor, and someone who can appreciate good TV as well as exploring the world.

I suppose including this paragraph will send everyone running for the hills, but I'm doing it anyway. If you are even a little interested in communicating with or meeting me, can we please keep the games to a minimum (better yet, non-existent). With me, what you see is what you get. If you take the time to send a few lines of introduction, I will reply even if we don't seem to be a match. But saying you would like to meet after several communications, setting a tentative plan, and then disappearing is just disrespectful. After all, it is probably one hour or so out of our lives, and sometimes you learn more about people after meeting than in e-mails. And perhaps that personal meeting is just the ticket to lead to a great relationship. If not, at least we gave it a shot instead of killing it for no apparent reason.
The two of us