I have a big personality, but I also appreciate the opportunity to get to know other people.
I'll never stop learning. I am fine with trying and failing. I've learned a lot from my mistakes. And, doing so has allowed me to succeed richly.
I truly enjoy meeting new people. I love Philly and live right here in center city.
I've done it for years, and I love it. One of the reasons I love it, though, is that there is always something to improve. I always learn by watching others as well.
I walk around the city a lot. I learn plenty by listening to people on the street. And everywhere else. (Airports are a great place to listen.)
I enjoy listening every bit as much as speaking. I am a passionate person. You learn a whole lot just by using your ears.
Whether from experience, the classroom, or travel, I take every opportunity to learn. I'm never afraid to say, "I don't know." If I don't know, I don't fake it.
Staying in shape:
I swim and workout everyday. I love to scuba dive, sky dive, and surf. Recently, I've gotten into jujitsu and martial arts.
Cooking (improving daily):
I am not a great cook, but I am really good at appreciating the trial and error of improving how I cook. Over the past couple of years, I've learned to make several heathy dishes, all from scratch. That, and I love food in the raw (e.g., oysters, vegetables, fruits, nuts). However, with eating being a necessity, I constantly want to improve my cooking.
Then, my eyes and my smile. After about ten seconds of speaking to me, my intensity. So it goes.
I read almost entirely non-fiction, news, and pure junk in magazines. I've sustained a lifelong interest in WWII and events in the Middle East and North Africa, where I have been fortunate enough to travel several times. So, I read books on these topics often. My bookshelves are filled with dozens of titles of the above.
I've also cultivated a long-term interest in historical era surrounding and the biography of Richard Nixon.
My movie tastes range from documentaries (on anything from the weather to politics) to Woody Allen to film noir to The Exorcist. I also really enjoy films with Clint Eastwood or Sean Penn (as actors and directors). Old footage of Richard Prior and George Carlin doing stand-up is great, too. Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari are two early favorites.
A recent favorite: Let The Right One In (Swedish). In my opinion, it's a romance, not a horror film.
Way broader is my taste in music. I have tens of thousands of hours of music of all types. I listen to music daily.
Recent listening: Anything by Bach; Sex Pistols; Blondie; Black Flag; Empire (1981 release featuring members of Generation X other than Billy Idol); Sly and the Family Stone; John Frusciante's solo work; Misfits; Roxy Music; The Buzzcocks; Magazine; Silver Apples; and Lightnin Hopkins; Mississippi John Hurt; Vladislav Delay; Maria Callas; and Motorhead.
Then, there's Arvo Part; Brian Eno; The Cure; Chopin; Stax records; The Who; Djivan Gasparyan (I Will Not Be Sad in This World); My Morning Jacket; John Lee Hooker; Muddy Waters; Miles Davis; Lee Morgan; Patti Smith; City & Colour; Buddy Holly; Television; Elvis Costello; Otis Redding; and Public Image Ltd.
What about Charlie Feathers; The Cramps; George Jones; Joy Division; David Bowie: The Stone Roses; Leonard Cohen; Wire; Suicide; AC/DC; Rush (thru the Signals record); Kraftwerk; Neu!; The Stooges (especially Fun House); Black Sabbath; Siouxsie and the Banshees; Gram Parsons; Freddie Hubbard; Public Enemy; Ahmad Jamal; and Amy Winehouse?
Or, Dexter Gordon; Dolly Parton; The Replacements; Mahler's first couple of symphonies; several soundtracks; Gang of Four; and The Beach Boys (a crazy 1979 record called I Love You); and a couple songs by The Pirahnas?
Or, Beethoven's symphonies (all the odd-numbered ones); Jimi Hendrix; Echo and the Bunnymen; Aerosmith (first four records); Merle Haggard; John Coltrane?
I'm also a huge sucker for good horns. Neutral Milk Hotel (a band I hardly know) has a song called "The Fool" with a dirge-like pace and killer horn section.
MoMA recently featured a great exhibit on German Expressionism (really, Austrian and German Expressionism) with works by Otto Dix, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, Vasily Kandinsky, Erich Heckel, Emil Nolde, all excellent artists.
I love good food. I love spicy food, Mexican (interior and coastal), Indian, etc. I'm trying my hand at cooking again. I'd love to meet someone who can show me how to get around a kitchen. I'm a sucker for good food and wine.
As with all of the above, I'm open to trying new things all the time. I'd love to have a woman clue me in on things I might not otherwise know in photography, art, food, music, movies, etc.
water (drinking it, swimming in it, being immersed in it)
the company of an attractive woman
challenges (yeah, I know that's a list of more than six things; I'm not trying to fit myself into a prefab form anymore than I have to)
*Want to travel and see as much of this world as you can;
*Have a sense of adventure and a willingness to share or a good music recommendation; or
*Are in shape;
*Love art, design, or architecture (and know a lot about them so you can teach me);
*Are willing to expose me to poetry I might not otherwise know;
Or, have nice eyebrows and pretty eyes.