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My self-summary
I'm not an easy person even for me to describe in a self-summary.
I have a lot of experience in life and have lived and worked abroad a lot. What I seek most is goodness and authenticity in people I meet. A number of people I've work with over the years have become my family and can say I came to love them and in many ways work for them as much as myself. Few things give me more pleasure than to do something for others that genuinely improves their lives. I balance this with the corollary that my feelings for those who do us harm (the monstrous bastards on Wall Street and a large swathe of big corporate America and their political sock puppets) are always much on my mind. Three big cheers for Blue Oregon!
What I’m doing with my life
I work in the whole food ingredients field using new drying technologies to take conventional fruit and vegetable products to higher levels so they can be used to bring more nutritional value to common foods. Michael Pollan reflects a lot of my thinking about good nutrition.
I’m really good at
Connecting dots or near-dots: I greatly enjoy getting lost in the process of discovery and finding answers to tough questions and new ways to do things. Research has long been one of my big passions in life. I love to discover things that help others.
The first things people usually notice about me
Somewhat piercing blue eyes, quick humor, and build.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I've seen A Fish Called Wanda more than a dozen times. Russia House, The Inheritance, After the Wedding, and Get Shorty are other favorites. Love Korean historical dramas like Jumong. Frequently watch foreign especially French, Chinese, Korean and Danish movies on dvd. Some of my favorite authors are Chris Hedges, Chalmers Johnson, James Kunstler (esp. his weekly blog), Morris Berman, David Harvey, ... too many to list plus fiction by John Lecarre, Robert Stone, etc. Favorite foods include almost anything Mediterranean, French, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. Hungarian is good. Fresh ingredients are always the key.
Six things I could never do without
Good conversation
Books and red wine (2?)
(Not necessarily in this order although good conversation, so difficult to find in the US, would always be close to the top.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Watching the slow motion political-economic-social train wreck that is the U.S. and wondering how to be part of the solution if there is any. Part of my perspective on this question was formed by living and working in Tokyo for more than 10 years and lots of foreign travel. It would be fun to meet women who follow the work of writers like Chris Hedges and Morris Berman and who keep up with news and analysis through sites like Counterpunch, CommonDreams, and Naked Capitalism.
On a typical Friday night I am
In recent years I never missed McNiel Leher, Washington Week, and my beloved Bill Moyers on PBS. Now that the first two have degenerated into corporate mainstream status quo-dom and Bill has retired, I'll might try shooting some pool again.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I need to think about this. Maybe something could come up during future email conversations. I've been lifting weights for over a dozen years and really enjoy it in a zen sort of way . Maybe that's a beginning.
You should message me if
You have strong convictions about the state of the political-economy of the US and the world and would like to find a kindred spirit to talk to in an atmosphere conducive to inspiring intimacy and intellectual, spiritual and emotional growth. From a quote by Thomas Lewis ("A General Theory of Love") in Morris Berman's "Why America Failed,": "A good deal of modern American culture is an extended experiment in the effects of depriving people of what they most crave."
The two of us