I am retired and spending as much time as possible hiking in beautiful Oregon. My dog Fanny (who often travels with me) is a great hiking buddy. I'm taking Italian lessons and looking forward to a second trip to Italy as well as doing more traveling in the U.S. Reading, yoga, concerts and movies are other ways I like to spend my time. I don't smoke and I'm not into drama. Family, friends, my dog, hiking and coffee are 5 things I can't do without. Out of the way trails, live music, fine art and good books are what I don't want to live without. 'The Years of Rice and Salt' as well as anything by Terry Pratchett or Connie Willis are some of my favorite books. I am very adaptable as a guest. My life motto is "This too shall pass". It helps me deal with unpleasant things with a certain equanimity and stop and pay attention to small pleasures. I look forward to meeting new people and discovering new places.