69Martinsburg, United States
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My self-summary
A passionate open-minded and multi-talented SWM - and long time resident of the fashionable “Irish Hill” neighborhood of East Martinsburg - is looking for an introduction into Martinsburg’s Salon Society. With a distinguished background in construction, print making, photography, architecture, cooking, gardening, tennis, bike riding, walking and playing the piano (I can play 147,000 variations of “Jingle Bells” with my elbows), I would be a welcome addition to any number of elite social occasions around town including afternoon tea, a night at the opera, or mending your leaky flapper valve. I grew up on the lip of civilization, a blip on the icy, barren, forgotten and frozen ground of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We are known as “Yoopers”. The only game in town was ice hockey and I was the go-to kid whenever the bigger guys in the neighborhood needed a dummy for target practice. Nowadays, it is not my smile, my laugh or the color of my eyes that people notice about me. Rather, it is the 4-inch hockey puck lodged in the side of my forehead.
I like dogs and cats and the sound of rain: Eva Cassidy, Leonard Cohen and John Coltrane. Nowadays I enjoy a number of physical activities – none of which include ice hockey. I also enjoy many non-physical activities like wondering what my life would have been like if I had been 5’8” instead of 5’7” or wondering what I am going to have for dinner….hmmmm. Maybe I will fix grilled branzino with a cilantro- mint relish served with a pickled nectarine salad with burrata. Dinner anyone?
What I’m doing with my life
I am building a house. For fun I ride my bike and I am "attempting" to teach myself to play the piano. I cook. I read (mostly non-fiction) and, for exercise, I look for "abnormal"/creative people to bond with.
I’m really good at
Planting and replanting. I keep moving plants from one place to another. The plants seem to grow faster than my imagination. I am also very good at screwing up events. In this case it is usually my imagination that is growing faster than the events.
The first things people usually notice about me
An old girl friend told me I looked like a cross between Adolf Hitler & Captain Kangaroo. But that was just her and she was a librarian anyway. Others have been more generous.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
political stuff, biographies, some Woody Allen especially "Annie Hall", "The Hours" (great music score by Phillip Glass), Leonard Cohen, blues, jazz, Eva Cassidy, etc., etc.
I will eat just about anything. I especially like canned peas served over a beat..... instant mashed potatoes and warmed over meat.
I am semi-retired and I love a good treat!
Six things I could never do without
I try not to get too attached to "things" in this way. But I will give it a shot anyway. Music, art, food, bears (the kind that "go" in the woods), imagination and women with 2 eyes. But, I would not turn down a date with a blind woman.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How time and events have an uncanny ability to frustrate us in finding love - after all, we don't have to look very far, do we?
OR, I could be thinking about moth larvae.... I recently had a re-infestation.
On a typical Friday night I am
I could be watching an old episode of "Seinfeld". Or I could be cooking a pot of beans and practicing and improvising on "Jingle Bells".
I could also be asleep.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
A dear friend told me not to answer this one.
You should message me if
You are miserable and hate your life - well, maybe not. You should message me if you can appreciate the simple naked beauty of anything and have an open mind and an open heart. You should message me if you like to write (honesty is important); play tennis (stamina is important); or just walk (shoes are optional). If you are a spiritual atheist you should definitely message me because there are not too many of us.

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