(FYI-sorry, I don't have the upgraded membership so I can't see "meet me" - please message me instead!)
I'm hoping for an opportunity here in my search for fun, and inspiring companionship... I'm earnestly making some new friendships in the hope for a more extraordinary connection with someone.
I'm 60 years young , 6'0", blond hair (now blended with grey), blue eyes, and proud father of three accomplished, independent living children.
I've had some rather unusual jobs that have helped shape me over the years... I worked in construction on the original World Trade Center towers, something I was always proud of. I've worked briefly in a hospital morgue. For 35 years, I enjoyed working in journalism as a staff photographer at one major daily NYC area newspaper, an extraordinary access to humanity at it's very best, and very worst. My personality has been shaped by the emotional extremes of covering two separate attacks on the World Trade Center, kept in balance by exposure to the sensitivity of the most inspired visual and performing artists, and the entire spectrum in between. It's been fun and compelling to spend my days interpreting culture, and history in the making, and keeping a sense of humor about it all.
I never take the beauty of the natural world for granted, and appreciate the unique qualities offered with each season. I make time for hiking, swimming, paddling, cycling, and love exploring anywhere unfamiliar, whether in my own neighborhood, the greater NYC region, or much farther afield. Cuba, Ireland and India remain some of my favorite past destinations. I just spent this past entire month of November in southern France.
I am passionate about music, art, architecture, design, cinema, performing arts, culture and history. Growing up a photographer and musician, I'm not at all a follower of professional sports, but I do occasionally admire a dramatic or inspired athletic performance, like The World Series, Tour de France, or Olympic level competition. I'm passionate about a wide spectrum of music genres, including classic rock, jazz, folk, world, and classical music, and really savor listening to live music, preferably in intimate venues. I work volunteer hours at a local live acoustic music hall, and also at an independent cinema.
I abandoned cable TV a long time ago. "NPR One" is my constant companion. I also enjoy media streaming on Netflix, Spotify, WNYC, PBS, BBC, as well as TED Talks, HBO Now, and The New York Times and Washington Post. I love to read every day, mostly nonfiction and journalism websites. I appreciate healthy foods, I'm an able cook, and master at combining the best of what's available in my fridge at any given moment. I bake my own yeast breads, brew multiple styles of beer, make artisan pizzas from scratch, or turn out a gourmet ice cream for fun.
I'm considered sincere, humorous, resourceful, and optimistic ... I'm politically much more liberal than conservative, but examine social and political issues on their own merits. I am quite comfortable with solitude, but much prefer the company of an inspired woman to explore life with, and share in the spontaneous adventures. I realize interpersonal 'chemistry' is by nature an unpredictable part of the dating equation, attraction can't be manufactured, so I just keep an open mind and never carry expectations about the process...I'm fine with the "friends first" notion.
I wish you well, and hope you're successful in making an ideal connection here!!...