Mini-Bio: I'm a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn (Bushwick), briefly interred in Queens (Rockaway) and then on to Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. I was trained as a musician, with a BM in piano (U of New Mexico) and an MM in music history (U of Wisconsin). However, most of my working life has been in the field of MIS as a programmer/analyst, system analyst. In 2006, I embarked on my third career as a certified music teacher. I teach (entertain?) students with multiple mental disorders at a small private school. I also teach private piano and violin lessons at a nearby music school.
Personality: If you asked those who know me best, they might describe me as: kind, personable, funny, warm, friendly, good-natured, loyal, honest, forgiving, non-conforming, idealistic, sometimes unrealistic, somewhat naive, ethical, empathetic and creative.
Values: I'm a passionate humanist with some old-fashioned values. Somehow, in the chaos that was my growing up (dragging up, my father would have said), a great deal of acceptance of differences, decency, equality and justice filtered through to me and my siblings.
Hobbies: I'm an avid gardener. I own a house with a property that had been neglected for decades. It's quite a challenge! I enjoy traveling on a budget, particularly to beautiful, off-the-beaten- path, exotic destinations. The trip is reaching a place before the New York Times gets there! I love nature and the outdoors in general. Watching movies and TV, eating and daydreaming are three of my favorite pastimes. When I can concentrate, I play piano or read. I collect fine crafts from around the world, especially valuing the pieces I purchased directly from the artist (or his/her gallery).
You: Cute/handsome/sexy/hot/goofy/nerdy. Some combination of these or maybe even some trait that hasn't come to mind yet. Please have a fine sense of humor (it can be unique) and be warm, loyal, honest, ethical, kind, capable of intimacy (physical, emotional, intellectual) and an interesting conversationalist. I guess I'm looking for genuine goodness in a person, who is also special and unique. Please don't fit into any scene because I'll just be confused. Just be yourself. Bring your flaws to keep mine company.
Thanks for reading my profile, I know it's somewhat long!
In absolutely no order: 100 Years of Solitude (Garcia-Marquez), The Tin Drum (Gunther Grass), Lolita (Nabokov), The Painted Bird (Jerzy Kosinski), The Brothers Karamazov (Dostoevski), The Plumed Serpent and Lady Chatterley's Lover (D.H. Lawrence), Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain), Me Look Pretty (Sedaris) ... this is getting too long!
Blue Velvet (David Lynch), Fargo (Coen brothers), Best of Show, Mexican Bus Ride (Bunuel), A Touch of Evil (Orson Welles), Pink Flamingos (John Waters), Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks), Some Like it Hot (Billy Wilder), The Shining (Stanley Kubrick), Clerks and Clerks 2 (Kevin Smith), Rosemary's Baby (Polanski)...
Once again, in absolutely no order: Solo and chamber music of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schuman, Saint-Saen, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, Satie, Mompou, Bartok, Szymanowski, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Berg..., virtually all Motown hits, Aretha, Tina, Janis Joplin, Wilson Pickett, Billie Holiday, Ella, Joni Mitchell, the Beatles, classic disco and hip-hop greats.
All time favorites: Arrested Development, Six Feet Under, the British version of Shameless and Twin Peaks. Right now: Orange is the New Black, American Horror Story and (I'm embarrassed to say) The Walking Dead. Who DOESN'T love zombies???
This is getting too long or I'd make my list of the visual arts
my 'garden' (now that I have one)
can catch up on years of missed TV and movies.
Right now, it's Tracy Ullman's State of the Union.
Before that, it was the series Strangers with Candy
(Amy Sedaris and Steven Colbert).