here is my June 2013 update:
I am now happily and comfortably retired from govt service & busy pursuing interests noted below. May accept consulting work after a while but am enjoying this new life stage fully!!
I am a fun loving fellow who seeks a best friend, companion, playmate, fellow explorer/traveler, dance partner, lover, co-chef, sportsmate, discussion partner, honest critic and who likes hugging and being peaceful together.
I am a family oriented guy and I have a wonderful, dynamic and growing relationship with my adult children [mid-20s male & female]. We often visit, share holidays, vacation together and just do cool stuff and enjoy each others company. My best friends are the Jewish fellows I grew up with, attended public and hebrew schools [and college] with, and have raised our families in connection with one another even though we are dispersed along the west coast-- our families have vacationed together for years -- our extended family of choice. I have travelled abroad and throughout North America with these best friends-- some of us have been buds since we wore diapers! I tell you this because long-term, sustainable love and friendship are among my most cherished values.
I am passionate about gardening-- raising flowers, veges, fruits, berries, trees, etc. I have a very large backyard along a creek in the middle of Corvallis that is an urban garden refuge and delightful place to hang. My home is very comfortable and cozy-- lots of room for another occupant. I like to cook [have a huge cookbook library] vegetarian and ethnic food and fish. I have not eaten meat [other than fish] for 40 years - my home is kosher, parve, pesca-vegetarian. I love ethnic food of all sorts -- so much vegetarian option. I like to street and mtn. bike ride, hike, canoe, camp, explore, travel, watch movies, I thrive on OPB educational TV programming-- I learn a lot watching/studying smart intellegent PBS TV [on-going education]. I have a 20-year poker group playing twice monthly. We do annual poker raft trips-- yes, I love rowing a raft on a wild river!!
Regarding food-- my sephardic grandmother was strictly kosher cooking foods from Spain via Turkey and this exotic culinary legacy calls to me. I want to re-explore my cultural, ethnic and culinary heritage with a partner who seeks like experience.
I am a spiritual person who is currently not observing or engaged with any routine religious observance or practices/ dogma. I have lived in an observant, kosher home.