MichaelLowry
44 Zürich, Switzerland
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My self-summary
I am a gentleman and a scholar; a singer and a dancer; a runner, climber, writer, photographer and lover of life; and a world traveler.

I’m a kind-hearted, confident, outgoing and self-sufficient person, but I’m also a dreamer with drive and ambition.

I did my studies (engineering & biology) at the University of Texas. Austin will always hold a special place it my heart; it’s home to Barton Springs, SXSW & 6th Street. In addition to Texas, I have lived in Stockholm and Zürich.

I work as a consultant in the Zürich area. In my work, I have travelled all over the world. I enjoy throwing myself into a completely new place that I’ve never seen before. Such experiences teach me not just about the world, but also about myself.

I enjoy running, mountain biking, and climbing. In the winter, I go skiing whenever the snow is good. Recently I have also done a bit of ski touring. I love trekking up a mountain and skiing down an untouched slope of powder snow. I go rowing on Lake Zürich.

I enjoy dancing—particularly salsa & swing. I would like to learn tango.

I love spending time in the outdoors, but I also enjoy living close to the city with its pulse of activity. I’m a bit torn between the energy of city life and a the tranquility and splendor of life in nature.

I’m not religious, but I do enjoy conversation about philosophy and the deep, unfathomable questions of life. I find politics fascinating too. I have strong opinions, but I try to be open and respectful of others’ views.

Laughter comes easily to me, and I have a somewhat dry sense of humor. Life is too short to take it seriously all the time.
What I’m doing with my life
I’m trying to make the most of life.

You only have one life to live, so you might as well live it. As the noted philosopher William Shattner once said, “Live like you’re going to die.”

So I’m making new friends, seeing new sights, and exposing myself to new experiences and new ideas.
I’m really good at
Photography. Writing. Keeping my cool in stressful situations. Massage—My hands are my favorite body part. Communicating.
The first things people usually notice about me
My eyes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: The Blind Watchmaker, The Songs of Distant Earth, The Moral Animal, Contact, Fouccault's Pendulum, The City and the Stars, Surely You’re Joking Mister Feynman

Movies: Blazing Saddles, Brazil, Blade Runner, Jean de Florette & Manon des Sources, Star Trek II, Donnie Darko, Blues Brothers, Airplane, Doctor Strangelove, Mulholland Drive, The Black Hole, The Thomas Crown Affair, Lolita (the remake), A Bug's Life, Amélie de Montmartre, Das Boot, The Shawshank Redemption, Alien, Tous les Matins du Monde, Run Lola Run, A Summer Story

Music:
Jazz: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Oliver Nelson, Dave Brubeck, Curtis Fuller and many others.
Classical: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Britten, and many more.
Rock: U2, Steely Dan, Alan Parsons Project

Foods: Indian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, American Southern, Cajun, BBQ, French, German, Slovakian, Swedish. Dry venison sausage.
The six things I could never do without
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to make the most of each day; how to make the world a better place; my next travel destination; what surprises tomorrow may bring.
On a typical Friday night I am
Dancing, going out with friends, or going to listen to live music. Sometimes I’m in the mood for partying with lots of people. Other times I prefer to stay at home and just watch a good film.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
When I was ten years old, I took a toy from a supermarket. I felt so bad afterward that I went back to the store and gave them the money for what I had taken.
You should message me if
• you want to meet an interesting and unique person with a positive outlook on life
• you think we have something in common and you want to start a conversation

You should not message me if
• you’re dishonest
• you have a cynical or pessimistic view of people
• you’re unable to speak your mind and communicate clearly
• you live far away (unless you just want to chat)
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