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All About Me...

So what do you want to know? I'm 44, intelligent and funny and insightful and creative and eclectic and sweet and kind and honest and all sorts of good things rolled into a devastatingly goodlooking package (did I mention that I'm also extremely shy and modest?). I have a Master's in English and a law degree, so I must be smart. I have cats and teenagers (oh, did I say something about being smart? Never mind.), both of which require pretty much just regular feeding and a place to sleep, although only one lives at home and one's off in college. By day, I'm a Publisher of professional education textbooks and electronic courses. I'm taking online classes through a university in Australia toward yet another degree, this time in distance education. I have many opinions, all of them brilliantly reasonable, utterly fascinating, and highly correct.
Not Just Another Pretty ENFJ
If you're interested in such things, I recently took the Meyers-Briggs Personality Profile for the second time after six months, and for the second time I turned out to be an ENFJ. If you're familiar with M-B, you know what that means. If not, click here: Use the "back" key on your browser to come back here, of course, and continue reading about me.
All the personal info stuff down below is utterly fascinating. Anything else you feel an urgent need to know, just click on my face and ask ...but first, please read:

The 14 Rules Of Contact.



So talk to me already! Just click on my face...
or if you've (understandably) had enough of me already, then click on . . .

A Gentleman of Whom I'm Particularly Fond:

Click Durrell's face to see his photography; go to "Summer Vacation" for more.

Click on Durrell to see more of his photography!
I find him eminently clickable!

Click on me to build your own South Park character
If I were on South Park, I'd look like this

The Personal Stuff.

I have a fairly serious brains-and-personality fetish--I find interesting intelligence and a sense of odd humor alarmingly appealing.  I like watergardening, NPR, sci-fi, Gilbert and Sullivan, gadgets and the Astronomy Picture of the Day; technology, books, politics. Want more? OK: architecture, galleries, theatre, history, nature, movies (in theatres and DVD), books, hiking, camping (in tents), riding my bike, long walks, kayaking, canoeing, and talking.

I read just about anything, including cereal boxes and toothpaste tubes if there's nothing else around. Currently reading "Scar" by China Mieville (I highly recommend his "Perdido Street Station" too),  Other favorites: The Diamond Age; the current Scientific American,  Lord of the Rings, a biography of Darwin...the list goes on and on. Recently on a Greg Bear spree, an Italian Renaissance nonfiction kick, read all the Dune books for the hell of it; anything by William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Sharyn McCrumb. Also PG Wodehouse, Armistead Maupin, and Robertson Davies; Emerson, Dawkins, and Sidaris. Eclectic enough for ya?

I like to hike in woodsy rocky places near running water; repair my quaint and curious house; and sing Gilbert & Sullivan or Rogers & Hammerstein while I fold laundry (the cats run away when I do that). I've been known to happily watch TV pretty mindlessly, particularly West Wing, Enterprise, Will & Grace, the Simpsons, South Park, the Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and The Daily Show.

I like a whole range of music, from alternative and contemporary pop to dreck from the 70s and 80s; showtunes; classical (Bach often makes me cry); Enya and Sinatra; Gilbert & Sullivan; Fat Boy Slim, REM and Queen; Matchbox Twenty and Gershwin and the Police and the Beatles; Paul Simon and Beck; Lennon and the Violent Femmes; Joan Bayez and Pete Seeger and Everclear and They Might Be Giants and Tom Lehrer. Go figure.

As for movies, don't even get me started: Fellowship of the Ring, Bamboozled, Apocalypse Now Redux, Hedwig; Wonder Boys, Fight Club, Almost Famous, The Matrix; Dark City; Pecker; Brazil; Fanny & Alexander, Gods and Monsters, Talented Mr. Ripley, all but the last twenty minutes of AI; City of Lost Children, Priscilla, American Beauty, Fifth Element, Duck Soup, 12 Monkeys; the Godfather I & II (not III so much); Capra, 30s screwball comedies, film noir, old Godzilla movies and bad's a long long list. I taught film for a couple of years, and love watching (and talking about) movies. 

And if all that's not enough of a hint about Me, then e-mail me and ask whatever else you simply must know.