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My self-summary
I am redheaded--in description and in attitude. Not all the myths are true, but they exist for a reason.

I am particularly independent. I believe there is a place between "meaningless sex" and "committed relationship" that can work if both parties are honest about it. I am open to the possibility of a committed relationship, but I am a complete person without being in one.

I get frustrated that so many women say one thing when they mean something totally different. I tend to get painted with the same brush. I know myself well. I pay attention to what I am feeling, and I am honest with myself and those around me.

I like to laugh. I'm not afraid of embarrassing myself. I need live music as much as I need fresh water. I like a spirited discussion with someone who makes me think.

I love to travel, and I have not been able to do enough of it lately. Favorite adventures include riding the bobsled in Lake Placid and seeing the Grand Canyon from the back of a mule.

Reading is a favorite relaxation for me--and I read almost exclusively fiction. Give me a good serial killer and an interesting detective to track him down and I am happy. I do require well-crafted characters and a descriptive and believable story line.

Music is what feeds me--but probably nobody you have ever heard of before. I love live music--the more intimate the setting the better. Folk, singer/songwriter, Americana...there are many names for the style of music that moves me.

For some reason, it matters that you answer the "most private" question. There has to be something silly or self deprecating that you can say, right?
What I’m doing with my life
Living, laughing, listening. Working as a nurse to pay my way.
I’m really good at
Crossword puzzles, critical thinking, analyzing the hell out of far too many details, adopting animals that need a home, being generous to friends and family.
The first things people usually notice about me
my red hair, my smile, my irreverent sense of humor, my lack of filtering out curse words
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books--Stephen King The Stand, The Dead Zone; Michael Connolly,Val McDermid, John Sandford. Just finished a non-fiction account of Hurricane Katrina that moved me more than I thought possible.
Movies--Grand Canyon, Field of Dreams, Shawshank Redemption
Music--Ellis Paul, Don Conoscenti, Lowen & Navarro, Dar Williams, Susan Werner
Food--no lima beans, no yams, no liver, no turkey hot dogs
Six things I could never do without
Live music
Henri's Bakery
Friends who really get me
Palmer's Cocoa Butter
Rewarding work
Yes, I can count. I'm not always good at following directions.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The next live music I will be seeing
How I can have so many tumbleweeds to vacuum yet not have bald pets
How I can add another state to my list of "have traveled to"
On a typical Friday night I am
Enjoying a movie in with family, friends. Recovering from a busy week at work.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't set out to shock, offend, or appall others, but it doesn't bother me when I do...I actually smile on the inside.

Bonus--my first concert was Shaun Cassidy--my mother bought the tickets. I believe that I made up for this by seeing Elton John shortly after.
You should message me if
You like to experience new things, but can also enjoy a quiet evening...or a quiet weekend. I'm strict about some things, forgiving about others. I would love to make some new friends and create new memories...anything beyond that would be a bonus.

Please don't send me a message that just says, "Hey sexy," or "Nice hair." While I will appreciate the compliment, I won't respond because I don't know what to say besides, "Thanks." I realize that some folks might think that's too demanding. I understand, but would say that it just makes us not a match.
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