About my ideal partner:
Possessed of a dual nature, you are just as comfortable in the midst of a new adventure as being a homebody. You are independent, strong-willed, and self-confident yet understand compromise is not weakness. Being loved is far more important to you than being right. You demand that your partner honors who you are without being intimidated and you are willing to share all of yourself - the good AND the not-so-good. You are willing to be loved for yourself, not some image of who you think you should be. You see the world as a place to learn and play and you take joy in doing both. Like most men, I respond to visual as well as verbal/conversational cues - so no picture and email, no response. I will respond if only to say "Thank you for your interest!"
What you get with me is a smart, confident, generous guy who is up for anything at least once. I love reading, learning, conversations, and adventures. Like most people, I've made mistakes in relationships and (hopefully!) learned something from them. I'm neither perfect not looking for perfection. I am looking for the woman who is willing to share who she really is with me, and I, with her. My friends say I am intelligent, generous, caring, knowledgeable across a broad range of topics, a conscious communicator. My "dark side" derives from my strengths: self-confidence that sometimes borders on arrogance, "knowing" too much when standing in "not knowing" would be better, and talking when I should be listening. The good news is I catch myself in these patterns far more quickly and when I don't, I am waaaaay more open to people letting me know when I am full of it than I used to be.
One last thing: even though I describe myself politically as "middle-of-the-road," that description is a lot like the joke about the three statisticians who went bowhunting - when they shot at the buck, the first hunter's arrow went high, the second hunter's arrow went low, and the third hunter shouted "Bullseye!" What I mean by that is I am a life-long liberal who, from time to time, breaks out in rampant libertarianism. Needless to say, the last six years have been an argument in favor of making "None of the Above" a permanent ballot choice at all levels of government. So if you are one of the few remaining people who still thinks "W" and the Republicans walk on water, you should definitely pass on me!