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My self-summary
Writer, professor of film, modest filmmaker. Three degrees; spelling counts. Recently single, twice. Attracted to dangerous curves & verdant lawns, the better to walk barefoot on. Father of two daughters living elsewhere. Biker late in life but better late than never. No tattoos, however, & irrationally prefer same in women. No problems with the law. Turned 60 last year but still hit the gym despite tkr a couple years back & associated aches & pains from old football injuries. Plates, reading glasses, Six two, 217.
What I’m doing with my life
Back to basics. I'm about to pay off & I feel better in tandem, although there may be some disagreement to that were it to go public. Specifically, I'm working on a script, waiting to hear if an agent's going to pick up my novel, teaching into the summer, out of Buffalo & back to Syracuse, thanks to SN.
I’m really good at
Studied wolf & was bitten once so on a full moon if I'm having any I'll have mine rare so one less dish to clean up. I mean it.

I listen well & hold up my end of the conversation unless it's going nowhere & I invite the other to join me outside in the sub-zero wind chill for a smoke. That works every time or just about every time.

I'm never the life of the party, but I rise to the chosen occasion (or bait) with a sharp & versatile wit. I've bartended & bounced in tough NH mill towns, traded innuendo with Virginia gentry & stories with ex-spies, writers, students, farriers for horse killers for hire, academics, killers, elite athletes, Indians, ultimate fighters, world sky-diving champions, J.D. Salinger, bikers, average white guys, average black guys, vets (I'm not), good old boys, most women, gay guys, bad guys, good guys. I get along but don't mingle or blend well unless on the job. I detest bathroom or sex humor but worse are the bottom line guys talking profit. But I love a good story - listening to one or telling it. My four writing-life mentors were Hans Feldman, Charles Gaines, Peter Taylor & James Dickey.

I love kids and animals & I really did study what being a wolf was like by being among them so I could write a wolf character properly, a wolf with the soul of a human being. Between dogs now after my Newf died quietly alone in his dreams a year ago & like a certain somebody I still grieve.

I can pen a sentence or two & drive standard when called upon.
The first things people usually notice about me
I wouldn't know. I'm sizing them up too.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Too many to list after all these years. For instance, loved Deliverance in college & eventually became close friends with Jim. Fond of rock & particularly Mark Knopfler, Michael Franks, ZZ Top, Led, Janis, JT, Stones, Who, & on. Ordinary well-cooked food's fine as long as it's tasty & there's enough for everyone at the table & scraps for the kitty in the Florida room.
Six things I could never do without
My hog.
A little shade on a warm day.
A few close friends, several of which go back centuries.
The rest are either unremarkable or unmentionable.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Keeping on.
On a typical Friday night I am
Working on some piece of writing. Unless I'm otherwise engaged.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
You should message me if
If you can imagine the two of us together, belle et bete.
The two of us