I am intelligent, perceptive, analytical, sensitive, and slightly rebellious...I enjoy coffee and blues in the morning, wine and reggae at night. I love being near and in water...oceans, rivers (tubing is an under-appreciated sport), hot tubs, hot baths, sprinklers. Favorite beverage: wine...Favorite sounds: rain, distant train horns, Bach, wind blowing through leaves...Favorite smells: sea air, new book, rain on asphalt, autumn fire, libraries, cocoa butter, fresh basil, bacon...I enjoy words, languages, and systems...I test INTP...Secret dream careers: backup Wailer, Broadway act, photographer of historical markers, professional puppy holder, visa officer, beach critic, archivist, fortune cookie author, vintner...If I won the lottery, I would hire a personal sommelier and adopt all the old dogs. I read magazines backward. I enjoy black coffee in bed, personality tests, PBR, and porches. I like camping, kayaking, lawn lounging, beach bumming, front porch stooping, and drinking a pot of coffee outside in my PJs on a chilly fall morning. I prefer hard-cover to paperback (and either to Kindle), Kona to Columbian, Malbec to Merlot, spicy to sweet. I like driving with the sunroof open and the AC on in the summer, and sleeping under a pile of blankets with the windows open in the winter. Fruit-based desserts are a ruse and Charbucks coffee tastes like dirty tar. Smiling/joyriding dogs make me laugh out loud, and those awful Sarah McLachlan-serenaded ASCPA commercials make me want to snort Prozac. [UPDATE: Willie Nelson has apparently now been recruited as an ASPCA backup singer as well. I only found this out recently when, like Odysseus to the Sirens, I was lured to the TV by the sound of his voice for a record-breaking five seconds before a sad dog photo flashed on the screen and my remote control finger reflex finally kicked in. GAH!] I am attracted to authentic, confident, open-minded men who own themselves, can carry a conversation, dispose of palmetto bugs, work a waffle iron, and make me laugh.