I'm a person with liberal politics: watch PBS, CNN, and Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. Other strong interests: contemporary and primitive art, Japanese design/architecture; literature (not necessarily of the 21st century); anthropology/archael ogy; classical music, jazz, and the Beatles. I enjoy a variety of cuisines and am considered a good, occasionally spectacular, cook, although an experimental one. When I am in a city where foreign and independent movies are available, I enjoy attending some of those--generally the less violent ones, though I am always up for a good documentary. I am not terribly athletic, but can hike and swim; also not too enthusiatic about spectator sports but enjoy the occasional championship basketball game or the Olympics. For 10 years, I lived in New Mexico, loved it, and hope to return. My friends are a rather diverse lot, scattered around the country. People I can learn from, who enjoy participating in conversations, are of particular interest to me.