I know I do not possess the capability to portray 50 years of life in 2000 characters, especially one which was, and still is, as diverse as mine but I will do my best. First things first; I apologize for the lack of self-portraits but I usually go on walkabouts alone so I never take pictures of myself...maybe next time.
Second, and most importantly; please read my entire profile. I am not your average person. It is okay to be who you are. I know who I am and therefore know what I desire in a partner. When I read a profile and, for example, fail to meet the age requirement (plus/minus a few months) I respect that persons choice. That being said, I too am looking for certain qualities and interests. Please be honest with yourself as you contemplate the probability of a match as honesty is a requisite of respect. I will answer all emails, even if it is a polite "no thank you"; it is only respectful to take the time to reply to those who have invested equally.
As for me, I tend to take things slowly as I have, and have had, a very fortunate life. I am not looking for anybody; I am looking for somebody who compliments me. I have walked thousands of miles on my own two feet and have thousands more to go; alone or together is the question. I am a very laid back, down to earth, funny, opinionated, adventurous, Type A male with a soft spot for children and animals. Due to my varied interests and experiences I get along with almost any lifestyle, from bankers to bikers. I am a dichotomy in human form; I feel young in my heart but mature in my thoughts. I love the solitude of a mountain climb and the companionship while watching a movie at home. I am humble yet strong willed. I am angel and a demon, a dreamer and a realist, a little bit country and a little bit rock n' roll...and a whole lot’ta Motown. I have my own tuxedo but prefer a worn set of Levis and flip-flops, even if wearing a button-down shirt.
After being raised in Texas and serving 20 years in Special Operations (U.S. Army) it is safe to say my my morals are strong as we all have to stand for some principle(s); these two things also mean I have a bit of a wild side/rebel (or what I prefer, at my age, to call "controlled chaos"). I enjoy museums, theater, long trips with a EuroRail pass in-hand and no particular place to be, and nature. I love the beach on a moonlit night and staying in bed all day reading while it rains outside. I am known to leave at midnight bound for a far away national park with only my tent, some hiking shoes and no return date.
Do you enjoy concerts? Are you afraid to live in a tent for two weeks in the middle of bear country? I don't think there is anything I wouldn't try and not to many things I dislike; sushi is one of those dislikes although Ms. Elizabeth (pictured) "convinced" me to learn how to do a sushi roll. I am an excellent cook when it comes to microwave dinners and the BBQ grill. A caveat is that I do make the world’s best French Toast and that comes with references.
The only things I require are a good heart, a good (and somewhat twisted) sense of humor, similar interests, and honesty; I am too old to lie, date more than one woman or settle for anything less than the right situation. That being said, I cannot tell you the "perfect" fit as I find much to enjoy in nearly every walk of life, howsoever; there are certain traits I find unappealing such as if you are afraid to be on your own or you serial date. I admire independence. I have huge shoulders but they are not a substitute for your own two feet. If your life revolves around a bar we are not a fit. I want to feel as though we have known each other our entire lives.
I prefer hippie to high maintenance; my granite tops are located in Denali, not the kitchen.
If you enjoy conversation, evening fires at home watching a movie, long vacations, playing "truth or dare"while drinking Mimosa's,late night coffee, positive energy and a constant smile then just maybe...