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My self-summary
A country kid who dreamed of escaping to the city and is glad he did but is happy to enjoy the peace of the countryside when he can.
What I’m doing with my life
Re-balancing to more time with friends, family, and travel while increasing the focus of time at work. Looking for someone to share that time to ponder life, art, history, sport, travel ...
I’m really good at
The occasional cheeky comment, meandering on the piano keyboard, squirrelling volleyball serves, baking honey pineapple ham and the occasional batch of cookies.
The first things people usually notice about me
The red hair, that I'm quiet at first until I get to know people and then lambaste them with a biting and insightful comment.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm just off a healthy cooking course and blending in more vegetarian fare but still enjoy a good streak, especially a beer-basted one from a campfire grill. Love a good roti, thai, sushi, french, italian, pub grub, ... just not a fan of cabbage or green tea ice cream.

A few TV shows catch my attention like Glee for my musical side, 30 Rock, Big Bang Theory, Mad Men, True Blood, Walking Dead.

Movies that come to mind: Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Zombieland, V for Vendetta, District 9, Mean Girls, Casino Royale, Pan's Labyrinth, High Fidelity, The Dark Night for one of the best villains ever, Detroit Rock City (great surprise from Rob Reiner), Shaun of the Dead, 28 Days Later, L.A. Story (Steve Martin), Lord of the Rings (The Hobbit is coming ...), Pulp Fiction, The Italian Job, A Time To Kill, The Shawshank Redemption, The Insider, The Princess Bride, Tron (original), Rebecca (Hitchcock), and I just saw Donnie Darko for the first time recently.

My musical taste ranges widely, and while I used to say anything but opera, there are even a few of those I can stomach after seeing Beethoven's Fidelio in Vienna, Austria. It's like pot luck: Arcade Fire (have they won enough awards already?), Alanis Morisette, Beck, Bjork, Blur, Blue Rodeo, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley when sailing, Chantal Kreviazuk, Chemical Brothers, Chick Corea, Coldplay, Cranberries, Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald, Elton John, Emilie-Clarie Barlow, Evanescence, Jeff Beck, Gershwin, Herbie Hancock, Led Zeppelin, Louis Armstrong, Holy F*ck, Isaac Hayes, Jill Barber, Jimmy Smith, John Scofield, k.d. lang, Keith Jarrett, Ke$sha (funky beats), K'naan, KT Tunstall, Manteca, Marillion, Metric, MGMT, Miles Davis, Moby, Morphine, Nine Inch Nails, Oasis, Oscar Peterson, Ozzy, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Portishead, Queen, Radiohead, Ray LaMontagne, Remy Shand, Rage Against The Machine, Sarah McLauchlan, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, The Black Keys, The Who, Toto, Tower of Power, U2, Van Halen, WarsawPack, Monteverdi, Pachelbel, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Chopin, Listz, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Bartok, Britten, Poulenc, Chatman.

I read a lot of technical material for my career so there's not much time for pleasure reading but a few random picks are Goedel - Escher - Bach for a brain teaser, Bitter Chocolate, A Walk In the Woods by Bill Bryson, and books by Jane Jacobs, Naomi Klein, John Grisham.
Six things I could never do without
Friends and Family
Music / A Piano Keyboard
A Computer Keyboard, heck, you're using one too!
Good bread, cheese, wine or beer, you can live on that, right?
Travel and Artful escapes
Trees, Nature, and outdoor exercise and sports
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What I should really be thinking about ... and circular arguments like an Escher drawing.
On a typical Friday night I am
Out with friends at their home, a bar, movie, concert, or staying in to relax at the piano.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
A guilty pleasure was the Being Erica show on CBC. I'm a sucker for a plucky, stubborn red-head. I guess I am one.
The two of us