I have been told that I am kind and thoughtful, traits I attribute to growing up in small-town Minnesota. Most of my family – parents, two sisters, one brother, three nephews and one niece – still live in the Midwest, and I brave the cold and snow to visit for a week every Christmas. It’s a welcome break from the bustle of LA and a chance to dust off the long wool coat at the back of my closet. But I always loved the arts, so it made sense to migrate to the city.
I am a frequent moviegoer but have grown more particular. I have been writing a movie blog since 1986, before the Internet existed. I was ahead of my time in an analog way. I am an even more frequent theatergoer. I have season tickets to the Mark Taper Forum but prefer the smaller Equity-waiver houses and the risks they’re willing to take. I enjoy live music, though I don’t hear as much as I would like. I also enjoy museums like LACMA, the Getty, and the Huntington Library and Gardens, and try to get to them at least once a year.
I enjoy hanging out with friends at bars (preferably dives and sometimes karaoke) or at coffee shops or restaurants. I don’t much care for trendy and seek out good quality and relaxed atmosphere.
I like to travel. In the past 10 years I’ve have been to Germany, Norway, Prague, and Spain. In 2009 my sister and I took my parents to the UK for a 50th wedding anniversary present. At the top of my list for future trips is Machu Picchu, followed by the Adriatic, China and New Zealand.
I am an avid reader and would pick up a book before turning on the TV. I don’t have cable, and what TV I watch tends to be on DVD. I have been called a Luddite, which is unfair. I don’t fear technology; I am merely selective in how I use it. My cell phone is not a smart phone; it is a dumb phone. It makes and receives calls, and some other things that I don’t do much of – like text, for example.
I try to be green. I drive a Prius but take the bus to work whenever I can. I stopped eating meat (except for eggs and fish) about 4 years ago after reading Fast Food Nation. But I’m not militant about it and have been know to fall off the wagon for special occasions.
What else? I have been called opinionated, articulate, contrary, whimsical, bright, and naturally hilarious (though I think the last one was meant to be sarcastic).
I'm looking for a woman with nice eyes, a good smile, who makes me laugh, and is an independent thinker. Chemistry is important. Similar interests are helpful though it's nice to have someone help you branch out.
That’s it for the moment. If I think of anything else, I’ll add it later (assuming I haven’t used up my 4000 characters).