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My self-summary
If you're looking for shorthand, I'd guess the easiest way to describe me is that I'd make a good Woody Allen character - I'm sharp, energetic, and a little neurotic. I also wear hats a lot and get into comical scrapes at family dinners.

I'm currently in an extremely happy three-year marriage to my job, but am willing to consider the odd fling with a human being, especially if he or she is witty. Mostly I enjoy making new friends.
What I’m doing with my life
By day, I am a travel and concierge specialist. Want to cruise in Myanmar? I can tell you how to get a your visa faster. Looking for a Swiss grandfather clock to be overnighted to your uncle? Ja, naturlich, ich kann das machen. That and I'm the only one in my office who can fix the printer.

By night, I direct and design operas.

My two occupations result in a rewarding number of interesting stories and a disappointing number of hours of sleep.

When I am not directing operas or mailing clocks, I love to read, cook, travel, and exercise. In the interests of fairness, I should add that whatever I like to do, I also like to overdo. I have lost whole nights of sleep reading, set myself on fire in my kitchen, paid to pee at a toilet in Budapest, and run a marathon through rattlesnake-infested woods. Call it enthusiasm, if you like.
I’m really good at
Diffusing awkward social situations with my quick wit. Perservering in difficult tasks. Typing.

In the interests of fairness, I'm really bad at: setting a bedtime, basic addition, finding my way anywhere without following a either a trustworthy friend or the blinking dot on someone's smartphone.
The first things people usually notice about me
I've been trained to speak in General American Dialect, which means that, if you listen closely, I sound exactly like somebody who hosts a show on NPR.

I'm actually not much below average height, but for some reason appear far smaller - sort of the exact inverse of how some small people, through posture and personality, appear tall.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
It's easier to list authors than books. In no particular order: T.H. White, J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Stasheff, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, David Foster Wallace, Italo Calvino, Roger Zelazny, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Alexandre Dumas, Samuel Beckett, William Shakespeare, Tom Stoppard, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Homer, Catullus, Vergil, Ovid, Horace, Aristophanes, Aeschylus, Sophocles, John Steinbeck, Charles Dickens. I have an especial weakness for science fiction and fantasy, whether they're on the page, the big screen, or the small one.

Movies: The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen, The Philadelphia Story, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, There Will Be Blood, Big Fish, Mutiny on the Bounty, Adam's Rib, It Happened One Night, Vertigo, Rear Window, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Jane Eyre, Lawrence of Arabia.

Music: Classical - Beethoven is my all-time favorite. J. Strauss, Rachmaninoff, Bach, Purcell, Puccini, Poulenc, Pergolesi, Dowland, Corigliano, Adams, Mozart, Beethoven, Beethoven, Beethoven. Non-classical - jazz, particularly 1930's big band jazz; Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Frank Sinatra. Blues - Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Bessie Smith, Roosevelt Sykes, etc. In no particular order, after classical, jazz, and blues, I listen to a lot of: 80s hair metal, progressive rock, techno and other dance/house music, celtic music, and traditional music of various cultures. I love world music and trying new things, so I try to pick up new musical tastes when I can. Recently I've listened to a lot of alt-folk and indie rock (I'm the last person to hear of the Decemberists in the whole world. I still think Picaresque is awesome. Please don't judge) - also Spoon, The New Pornographers, Regina Spektor, and Josh Ritter. Also Icelandic folk songs.

I'm a pretty big fan of nerd pursuits. If it's something that they did on The Big Bang Theory, then I've probably done it, too. Star Trek? Check. Computer gaming? Only until my eyes lose focus. Theoretical physics? Okay, okay, theoretical physics, no. I can't add. (See above).

Food: Fish - any fish. Fruit, vegetables, coffee (is coffee a food?).
The six things I could never do without
1. Friends & Family
2. Exercise
3. Coffee
4. Access to Nature
5. Witty Banter
6. Coffee
7. Music
8. Coffee

That's only 8 because coffee is three times as important.

Oh, and books, books, books. I'm not giving them a number, and I'm going to continue to use the math handicap as an excuse. I use books as props, as pets, as friends, as furniture - as bookmarks for other books. I cannot imagine life without them.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The future.
On a typical Friday night I am
Watching a movie with friends or at the gym. One day bars will have treadmills, and I will not have to beg out of social situations by saying "I'm too hyper to hang out with you right now." Recently my schedule has been kind of hectic, so I've also spent select Fridays decompressing with a violent fantasy novel and a well-aged Scotch.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am mostly on OKCupid in the hopes that I can begin a great epistolary friendship. Like Abelard and Heloise, or Cicero and Atticus, or Alexander Pope and Mary Wortley Montagu.

And since you keep asking: yes, I do know what happened to Abelard in the end. I was mostly just hoping for the letter-writing part.

Also, when I am at sporting events, I call halftime "intermission."
You should message me if
If you love grammar. Punctuation is the first sign of affection.

If you like to dance. I have been meaning to get back into ballroom dancing, a neglected passion of mine. If you like to foxtrot, swing or tango, you should let me know. After all, it takes two.

If you want to practice your Latin or Italian. Or if you can help me remember how the optative works in Ancient Greek.

You can see the "Make A BABY!" ad that keeps appearing in the margin of my OKC homepage, and you also find it TERRIFYING.