I am a man at home with being male for all its strengths and weaknesses. I spent some time living as a warrior on the civilian side of order during the tumultuous mid 70's as the country convulsed. I have been in physical fights for my life, watched people die I was trying to save, run into burning buildings, and looked death squarely in the face more than once.
I have led a very lucky life and largely worked at things I love doing so it rarely feels like work. I will admit that end of a 24+ hour day of making sugar can seem like I have worked.
A serial entrepreneur, I spent twenty years in the high tech world. Now I operate a maple farm on 250 acres in southern Vermont and a farm store/ice cream parlor/hot dog joint in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
I can plan, purchase, prepare and serve classical French or Macrobiotic meals and the range of styles in between. Single pot dishes are really cool. Most meals are prepared from whole food, sometimes with ingredients that I have grown or raised and always with care and awe for this once bountiful planet.
My experience has taught me that wine is good if you like it and not by its price, although, to some degree these like many aspects of life are related. Clearly there are rare and wondrous things, but the most profound times of my life are often moments that appear from nowhere.
You will find me filled with wonder about this experience of life and planet, yet anti religious. With the exclusion of Buddhism & Quakerism, a brief review of war and atrocities committed in the name of god or gods leads me to believe that religion is the real evil on earth.
I have flown over 2 million miles in jets, visited more than 30 countries, 400 cities, towns, villages, wide spots in the road and have slept on six continents. A little tired of traveling, but the right partner could convince me to take a train trip through eastern Europe, sail the Caribbean or Hawaii or go on a dog sledding adventure in Alaska or Svalbard.
My only child is really a young man at this point and at college in Providence.. He is also my partner in our father/son business.
Have never been handcuffed, well at least by the police.
I am inquisitive, aware, and complicated.
During late winter/early spring I make maple syrup and in the summer/fall I have been operating a roadside farmstand that served farm to table quick food just off the interstate. Took that concept and moved it to a Brooklyn store front in Park Slope.
I am an entrepreneur, farmer, business man and if I can believe anyone, a damn good cook.
The Living Company - Aris de Gues
Diffusion of Innovation - Everett Rodgers
Envisioning Information - Edward Tufte
These three books had a profound effect on how I approach running a company.
Baudolino - Umberto Eco
Atlas Shrugged - Ann Rand - a great story but I don't subscribe to Ayn's ideology.
Blade Runner, Gattaga, Henry and June, Fifth Element, Saints and Soldiers.
I have a substantial collection of music that I have been adding to since I was thirteen. Close to 700 albums, all bought and paid for, none of this pirated stuff for me. Love blues, world music and of course rock.
Have tried many local specialties that were in a word disgusting but has not deterred me from trying most anything you put in front of me. I love to cook and make food from scratch. Have just started making maple candy. and fudge. Having a great time making chili cheese dogs at my farm stand that people tell their friends about.
fun, fresh ingredients to cook with
tactile experiences with women
sleep in a comfortable bed
searching for heaven, oolong tea
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