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My self-summary
I'm an interesting and unusual musician. I like people, and I like meeting people.
I'm in a committed long-term relationship with a lovely young filmmaker. She and I read profiles together (I'm trying to convince her to make one herself) looking to meet new and interesting people to talk to or hang out with.

I live in a pleasant little two-bedroom apartment in Silver Heights and I'm fighting a constant battle against the clutter of a musician's life. It's not an easy thing, that. I've got a lot of books. I'm happy here, though, which is what's important. I've carved a good living for myself out here.

My work is mainly local - and local to the St. James area. It's rare that I have to travel further than downtown on business. I do enjoy taking the bus most of the time (it gets a bit miserable in the dead of winter), because it's green, cheap, and low-stress compared to driving. I'm on a bus route where there's no need to transfer to get to the concert hall, MTC or the Warehouse Theatre, Polo Park or Portage Place, all of which are great entertainment venues. There are also lots of restaurants right on Portage Ave. that I've been known to pop in to from time to time.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a musician passionate about the pipe organ. I'm working as:
- a museum tour guide and desk clerk (least relevant to my interests)
- a church organist and choir director (slightly moreso)
- a choral accompanist for community and school choirs (closer)
- a performer (there we go)
- and a self-published composer (and we've passed the finish line, folks)
- and new this year: pipe organ repair trainee!

And I'm just enjoying being able to live doing all that.
I’m really good at
Talking, being friendly, enjoying myself (I really am! Honest!), video games, creative writing, musical performance, composition, sharing my interests, occasional grammar nazism...
The first things people usually notice about me
Tall, awkward and not particularly good-looking. I'm loud and boisterous, as well, with a big laugh. Of course, while I may make a rough first impression, I do fairly well over time.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My favourite books include anything that:
- I can laugh with;
- I can get lost in; or
- I can learn from.
I think Atlanta Nights is one of the best things going. I love Fantasy and old-school Sci-Fi (before Star Wars taught us that Sci-Fi doesn't have to be about examining the world as it might adjust to new technology and ideas but can be just as fantastic as Fantasy). I read treateses and texts about music, organ construction, and the brain, and I adore Oliver Sacks' work.

My favourite movies include anything that:
- I can laugh with;
- I can get lost in; or
- I can get together with friends and make fun of.
I have a soft spot in my heart for Mel Brooks, in whom I will forgive sins oft mocked in far more popular writers and directors. "Spaceballs" may just be my favourite movie ever. I enjoy good (key word) Rom Coms. I adore well-written historical or political dramas. And every so often, there comes along a movie so bad that it must be shared and openly mocked.

Favourite shows are few and far between; I don't have cable (since I was never watching it) and so I follow a few choice programs online or with friends. They include, but are not limited to:
- Doctor Who / Torchwood
- Being Erica
- Leverage
I used to watch Mythbusters with alarming regularity, as well as classic Simpsons episodes. The Daily Show and The Colbert Report were also always on my must-see list. As far as current-events type shows, The Hour (which changed its name to something else this past year) was my go-to for a while. I used to enjoy This Hour Has 22 Minutes and The Royal Canadian Air Farce. Satire and I have a long history.

Food? Give me something plain and tasty. I don't like too heavily mixed food types - I'm the guy at the Chinese buffet carefully arranging my selections so the sauces don't mix. I'm a sucker for peanut butter and honey on rye bread, or a good grilled cheese sandwich. I do enjoy more refined selections from time to time, but not too often.

And as for others, you might find me attending the theatre or the symphony orchestra fairly frequently, and I'm not usually too concerned with what's on!
Six things I could never do without
Avoiding the obvious (i.e. the things I need to live) there's still:

- music
- friends
- stories (in book, movie, television series, or even game form)
- places for walking
- warmth
- creative madness
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How I got where I am, where I'm going from here, and what I'm supposed to do about it.
On a typical Friday night I am
... either hanging out with friends, or at home working or playing games.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I used to wish I was more normal. In fact, every so often, I long for a more "standard" existence - a 9-to-5, Monday-to-Friday, live-for-the-weekend, save-for-a-house, move-to-the-suburbs life. It usually passes pretty quickly; I do enjoy my life, but some days I wish for perhaps more stability.

Then I remember what it is that I get to do, and the perks of my life as it is. And it's worth it.
You should message me if
I seem remotely interesting, and you are remotely interesting. I hate boring people, both as an adjective and as a verb. That being said - if you have a story, any story at all, you get immediately upgraded to "not boring."

If you'd like to meet a couple young artists (although I don't know how much longer that I'm going to qualify for that descriptor!) and spend some time going to the movies, the theatre or the symphony, or just hanging out playing games, give us a shout!
The two of us