She was flattered when coworkers described her as "intellectually curious" and "weird, but in a good way.”
Yes, I’m a bit of a geek. I’ve worked as a tech writer, musician, teacher, and urban planner and my most recent job was to help keep pollution out of local creeks and the San Francisco Bay. With this background and a lifetime spent in the Bay Area, it's no surprise that my politics lean to the left. Recently retired, I now archive museum collections, edit a park newsletter, host a visitor center, and teach kids how to milk cows, all for fun!
I enjoy conversation and companionship in small groups, but I’m also very comfortable with solitude and quiet and actually need a fair amount of down time to recharge. I definitely prefer casual dress and dining. I was apparently offsite when the cooking aptitude and domestic inclination traits were handed out. I'm a vegetarian (not vegan), but you don't have to be. Many of my friends and family appreciate BBQ chicken and steak and we dine together with mutual respect, quite capable of carrying on polite appreciative conversation about the relative merits of buffalo burgers and tofu dogs and the contentious issue of Tofurkey.
Music has been part of my life since I was quite young (my first concert was the Beatles at the Cow Palace), and playing the piano and listening to everything from rock to world to classical keeps me centered. I love to read and to watch old movies, especially San Francisco-based Film Noir. I grew up on the coast, and the sensory experiences associated with rain, fog, and the sea align with my definition of bliss. I've spent many happy weekends among the North Coast redwoods. Despite my love of nature, I also appreciate cities and like to explore new places on foot or via public transit rather than on tour buses. Learning about the history, architecture, and environmental aspects of a place before visiting adds much to my travels. Once there, I seek out microbreweries, coffee houses, museums, local events, and places to people watch. I’ve gone on some great Art Deco tours in L.A. and Chicago, and my favorite cities, so far, include Portland, Venice, Vancouver, Montreal, New York, and Paris. Thanks to my sons' careers and international locations, I met members of Cirque du Soleil, stayed in a yurt, couchsurfed 4,000 miles cross country, wandered around Tuscany, and rode a camel in the Gobi desert. My next destinations are Vietnam and Ireland.
If you happen to be that bookstore-strolling, NPR-listening guy who would enjoy sharing music, museums, movies, and more, please drop me a note so that we can get to know each other. Thanks for reading my profile and good luck with your search.