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My self-summary
Well...to summarize oneself—let's see...

Kind. Open. Warm. Fun, sometimes funny (ask my son—he'll say I'm sunny!). Curious. Artistic. Easy-going. Even keeled. Serious sometimes. Silly as hell sometimes too. Interested and interesting. Amused and amusing. And just a LITTLE worried about this world (and this country) at this point in time.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm enjoying it VERY much...
I’m really good at
I'm pretty good at being a good friend...I enjoy helping people...I'm pretty good at cooking and enjoy cooking and eating well...I'm really good at my job and find it satisfying...I'm a pretty good painter and am showing my work more and more and also teaching painting these past few years...I'm pretty good at finding the humorous side of life and situations...I'm pretty good at building things and gardening...I'm pretty good at letting the dishes pile up before I get around to loading the dishwasher, regardless of how I promise myself I won't...Oh and I can visualize words in my head and say them backwards, strangely enough...but only in English.
The first things people usually notice about me
In Canada they always said, 'Seriously, you're not really a Newfie, are you?'

But technically, I am...
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Oh boy...
BOOKS: Art History books of all kinds...and History in General: Salt, A World History. Two Years Before the Mast. Treasure Island. Papa Hemingway. The 100—A Listing of the Most Influential People in History. David Hockney on Painting. Gore Vidal I LOVE his wry contempt for the US government, Richard Brautigan, David Foster Wallace, Richard Dawkins and especially Christopher Hitchens are favorites. Game Change about the '08 campaign...great book...I can't WAIT to see what good books come out of this recent CLOWN-CAR election cycle. Recently finished Undaunted Courage by Steven Ambrose about the Lewis & Clark expedition—an amazing book· · ·and story! Currently reading The Universe Within, about how all of creation, from the big bang on, is packed in the human body...we REALLY ARE star dust, right down to the atoms that make us—us! A very eye opening book. I've realized that my library card is one of my favorite sources of entertainment...

MOVIES: The Big Lebowski. Ghost Bird. Field of Dreams. The Spanish Prisoner. The Usual Suspects. Winged Migration!
SHOWS: You mean like on TV...I don't watch tv 'shows' at all...CNN (for elections and big doings), PBS on occasion and baseball games. (I really enjoyed watching the last World Cup...to my surprise).

MUSIC: From Vivaldi to Tom Waits...from Handel and Erik Satie, to The Rolling Stones...Chopin Mazurkas on a Sunday morning...a wonderful way to start the day...music is a WONDER...but No Klezmer, rap or marching bands, please.
FOOD: I like ALL kinds of food from all over the world.

They didn't ask, but among other favorite things I like classical architecture, birds and baseball...AND in recent years, meditating—which I LOVE...SO happy to have found that...
Six things I could never do without
My son.
My watercolors.
My books...and learning new things.
Le Crépuscule...and ALL of the astounding beauty and wonder of nature.
You...if this thing works...

Oh, and gravity. I just could NOT do without it...nor could you...
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I enjoy thinking (and learning) about the sweep of human history...all of the incredible civilizations and cultures and the mind boggling story of how humankind spread across the globe and established themselves, the millons of stories of how this whole thing happened in so many different ways in so many different places is absolutely fascinating to me.

(I'm a xenophile...) that's a good thing...

At the same time, the stories of the endless fighting, destroying, enslaving and conquering over and over again that are part of that history are a horrendous and puzzling part of humanity—sad chapters in our story...for all that we have achieved, we're a strange and complex lot.

In recent years, I've become more and more interested in matters regarding the human spirit and I'm enjoying reading and learning about this. Not having been raised with either of the two religions (Judaism and Catholicism) that I was born into (in-between to be more precise), I find it interesting to learn about all religious belief and how they fit into the whole human experience.

I also spend time thinking about, wondering about what this world we're leaving our kids will be like in another 25 years or more...I'll let you fill in the blanks on where I think it is...to be discussed over a glass of wine perhaps...

And while we're on the topic of this world (and beyond), here's a fun fact. Think about sitting on a beach... think about an area around you that's 30' x 30' x 3' deep...now think about ALL of the grains of sand in that space...a WHOLE LOT of grains of sand! Have you counted them yet? Whattya mean you can't?! Okay...the number of grains of sand in that big sandbox you're sitting in is just about equal to the number of stars that there are in our own little galaxy, via lactea—the Milky Way. Now, how about this... all of the grains of sand on every beach on the entire planet Earth would still not equal the number of stars that there are in the Universe. And when you consider that the nearest star to us, Proxima Centauri, is 4.2 light years away, it's mind boggling! ...the Universe is a BIG place...an interesting thing to ponder...
On a typical Friday night I am
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Every time I fill my car with gas, I put two orange gummy bears in the tank...and now I get 537 miles per gallon. The orange ones are the only ones that work. DON'T tell Exxon, Chevron, Mobil, etc. ...they'll just kill all the gummy bear lobbyists—and we'll all have to hear about it ad nauseum on CNN...Oh God, NOT Fox...they'd blame it on Obama! : )

Here's something else...not an admission, it's a boast. I have freed myself from the tyranny of Post-it Notes...
You should message me if
you find some of the above intriguing and would like to get to know a nice and fun guy interested in having a GREAT relationship...
The two of us