Here's what you really need to know: I'm a loyal and dependable friend, will stand by you through the ups and downs and hope that you’ll do the same. I’m warm, genuine and easy to get to know but am selective about the company I keep and have high expectations of those I value most. I have a close-knit family that I see often and could always count on and friends that I've known since nursery school. I'm fun and easy to talk to - unless you're a total dud - then even I can't carry the conversation. I don't need to have a philosophical discussion about quantum physics but like people with substance and depth. I've been told that I'm a "great audience", so I'll probably make you feel like a comedian, even if you're not that funny - but hopefully, you will be. I’m not afraid to tell it like it is - unless "it" will hurt someone's feelings. I give people the benefit of the doubt but I’m no pushover, have little tolerance for BS and lose interest quickly if I sense it. At this point in our lives, we’ve all had good and some not so good experiences when it comes to dating and relationships – I try to go into each situation with a positive attitude and clean slate and hope you do as well. I'm fairly well-traveled and hope to eventually go everywhere but am long overdue for a real trip. I read the Zagat, cookbooks and travel guides for fun...don't worry - I read real stuff too. I can easily spend half a day in Barnes and Noble. I think DVR might be the best invention ever. I prefer phone calls to emails and texts – there’s just too much room for miscommunication. Walking is my preferred mode of transportation and I generally don't go anywhere without my iPod. I like to stay active and can hold my own if we go for a run. Friends always call me when they need a restaurant recommendation and I take anything that Adam Platt says as gospel. I don't like brightly lit bars or restaurants - the darker, the better. I'm a healthy eater but am completely incapable of turning down anything chocolate and could probably out-eat you in a sushi eating contest. I usually don't begin every sentence with "I".
Who am I hoping to meet? I don't have a checklist but am most drawn to people who are compassionate, outgoing and fun, upbeat, quick-witted, engaging, thoughtful, affectionate, assertive, confident and reliable. You are considerate and when you say you are going to do something, you follow through - you mean what you say and you say what you mean. Hopefully you are family-oriented, happy, a gentleman (or at least act like one), know the difference between "compliment" and "complement", not jaded from less than stellar past dates or relationships that haven't worked out and don't subscribe to any silly dating games or rules - I'll find it much more attractive if you make your interest clear rather than playing it cool. Bonus points for any of the following: You have a desire to see the world, appreciate good food, like checking out new restaurants and are looking to cross some off your list, don't think it's weird that I actually have a list, enjoy reading, like to exercise and above all - you are ready to make room in your life for someone else.