Age: 45 Into: Women Location: Scarsdale Day gig: Classical musician—conductor, organist, pianist, and composer Relationship history: Never married, no kids Passionate about: Competitive Ping-Pong Random fact: Grew up in Canada Quirkiest habit: Standing in the wind Friends tease him about: His use of adjectives
‘If I ever land up in jail, I will use my phone call on Justin,’ says my good friend, Marc. ‘Of everyone I have ever met, he is the most competent at dealing with life’s curveballs. I know that he cares enough about his friends to help them through anything, and, more importantly, to do so without losing his good humor.’ Something someone might be surprised to learn about me? I don’t mind being wrong. It means—once I am corrected—my knowledge base is growing. Stagnation drains me.
The nicest thing an ex has said about me: ‘What a handsome and charming fellow—such a shame about his penchant for howling at the moon.’
Fun fact: One time, in southern Russia, I was almost arrested for kidnapping four large men and holding them for ransom.
Childhood career ambition: A musician who would have the chance to travel the world sharing the gift of music—glad it all worked out.
Dream vacation: The ability to travel without time or financial constraints with an amazing partner to places both known and unknown, warm or cold, and near or far.
Funniest dating experience: I was asked what my sign was. My response was met with a horrified gasp and dramatic toss of the napkin followed by an immediate exit.
First-date deal-breaker: Any sort of rudeness to people.
Favorite place for a romantic date: It’s not about the place. A gourmand bistro in the 5th arrondissement or a dive-bar with greasy burgers by the tracks are each worthy settings.
My most boring date suffered from: Narcissistic neuropathy—the amazing ability to drone on about oneself.
Must be: Smart, caring, passionate about life, inquisitive, supportive, and a whole lot of fun.
Won’t be: Someone who hears the noise and misses the words and their meaning or allows the zodiac to guide them off the proverbial cliff.
No thanks if: You’ve never been wrong or are careful to avoid the cracks.