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My self-summary
I wrote and rewrote the answer to this question a dozen times and finally emailed one of my best friends to see how he would 'summarize' me. His answer was short and sweet - and yes, it fits.....

"Bob is a fun, wonderful guy who has the biggest heart. He cares deeply about his friends and the world around him. His life and his work have always about making the world a better place through his teaching or community involvement. Spirituality seems to be an important aspect to his foundation, but so is his sense of humor which is frighteningly abundant. He has a great sense of adventure - he is always organizing friends to explore some crazy new restaurant. I have no idea why he is single, he's a catch.

OK, so do I get a bottle of wine if you get a date from this?"
What I’m doing with my life
I really enjoy a sense of adventure as you might have guessed. I have trekked all over the world. Working with students in South Africa, India, Nepal, Peru, Egypt and Thailand. I did a Fulbright in Japan and I also spent two years living with the Navajo People on the reservation in AZ. I did my Masters in Comparative World Religions at Harvard Divinity School so most of my travels involve some intersection between adventure and spiritual curiosity. My brother started an orphanage in Nepal to rescue children from the horrors of child trafficking. I try to get over and work with him as much as I can. I love every one of those kids.

I've been a teacher most of my life, although I am currently working in the non-profit sector. I am committed to community development work, especially in areas where there is no sense of community. I make sure to balance my time with opportunities to get out doors hiking with my dog or exploring new spots in Boston with friends. I value living a healthy life - being active, eating well; meditation & yoga recharge my batteries.

Currently training for the 2013 BAA Half Marathon, which given the tragedy of this year's Marathon gives me a whole new sense of purpose. If the half goes well - then onto training for the Boston Marathon!
I’m really good at
Making people laugh - I have a crazy sense of humor ( I used to write for Candid Camera when I was in LA!).

I am also really good at collecting a really wonderful circle of friends- that has been a gift that I cherish.

I am also really good at dreaming up the most unusual and memorable date-nights! Try me....

I love to be spontaneous - rarely ever say not to a friend who says lets jump in the car and take a drive to ______ or let's grab a bite to eat and see a movie - love those carefree moments with friends.
The first things people usually notice about me
My eyes. I have really deep dark brown eyes.

Also blessed with some great legs - years of hiking and biking
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Wow - tough question, my 'favorites' seem to change throughout my life.

A few books: A Prayer For Own Meany (Irving) Ceremony (Silko) A Bridge Across Forever (Bach) Name of The Rose (Eco) Into the Wild (Krakauer). Currently Reading The Lacuna (Kingsolver).

Movies: The Mission, Big Eden, Truly Madly Deeply, The Cup, Contact, Big Blue, Gen Silent (LOL - bonus points if you know why...)

Music: Matt Alber, Jack Johnson, REM, Last iTunes purchase Fireworks (Boyce Avenue)

Food: Japanese/Sushi, Indian, Italian and a good ole burger & fries.
Six things I could never do without
Going to the park and sniffing bums
Digging holes
Chasing squirrels
Curling up with my Dad on a rainy day
Chasing balls

(you have to decide which one is mine and which one belongs to my dog who hacked into my profile)

Family & friends
My summer camp (the people and the place - both have been home)
My dog
Sense of adventure
Sense of humor
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I spend a lot of time thinking about tons of different things, but in terms of online dating here's what I think about the most: A great mentor of mine used to say "it takes a thousand lifetimes to have the opportunity to be in a boat with someone for one will you use that moment?" For me I see a great opportunity to connect with people on a site like this and take a chance on that 'one moment' - although I would opt for a coffee date or a walk in the Arboretum before the boat!
On a typical Friday night I am
Typical: Having friends over for dinner and a game night
What I would like to be doing: Exploring a unchartered part of town with someone special or date night in - cooking together, watching a movie, laughing.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
That finding someone to love and grow old with is probably one of the most important goals in my life right now. I will also admit that I am still holding onto the hope that I can find the right man to raise a family with... is that you?
You should message me if
You are really open to getting to know someone. I love to have the opportunity to meet new people... each person brings us closer to our soul mate. So, with that said, I would like to talk with you IF you are open to meeting in person for a coffee or a beer or a walk in the Arboretum. If you prefer to have a tennis relationship (volleying emails back and forth) I am not the right person for you. Face to Face is so important. Take a chance. Say hello.
The two of us