The one thing I am passionate about...
Learning about and understanding the world, in all its facets, is a passion that drives many aspects of my life. I'm intrigued by relationships between things and ideas. Traveling has been an exciting way of pursuing this passion. A favorite recent experience was visiting Athens where I could feel the history of a civilization as I toured the ancient sites now encompassed by a modern city. Education and personal study are also a means to pursue this passion. A few of my favorite subjects are technology, economics, international affairs and government.
I typically spend my leisure time
I spend much of my leisure time socializing with friends, watching and reading the news, and reading books (especially interesting non-fiction). I like to play sports (more than watch them), particularly tennis, golf and soccer. I also like to watch all kinds of movies and, when I have a chance, attend concerts and the theater.
The most influential person in my life has been
I think communication is the most important quality I'm looking for in another person. I'm attracted to a woman who will express her thoughts as well as her feelings and will listen to me do the same. I believe non-judgmental communication is the essential relationship skill. I deeply value the ability to engage in a respectful, intelligent dialog about issues, both global and personal.
The first thing people notice about me
I think people usually notice that I'm easy-going and calm most of the time. I would say that I'm rarely moody and generally keep my emotions under the surface. I've got a temper, of course, but most people have seen it less often than an Ivory-billed Woodpecker.
The last book I read and enjoyed
I recently enjoyed reading "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell. The book makes a convincing case for the idea that judgments made on only a small slice of information can be as accurate as those made through analysis of reams of data, sometime even more accurate. The author also describes situations when this essential intuitive ability can lead us astray and how to develop the conditions for making good decisions. I was fascinated by the book, not only because of the compelling examples and research it cites, but because I tend to be fairly analytical and it forced me to look at my own decision making from a new perspective.
The three things which I am most thankful for
- A supportive, loving family
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
How hilarious I can be! I'm not a stand-up comedian by any means, but with friends my sense of humor shines through.
Friends Describe me as
Easy-Going, Genuine, Intelligent, Respectful
A little more about me
Not that I can think of at the moment.