Hi there! My interests are running, road and mountain biking (Tamarancho-like), snowboarding, traveling, cooking, baking, drinking wine, dinner parties, and occasionally demo-ing things (yes...that's right). I'm also currently trying my hand at killing some vegetables.
I don't think I'm a girlie-girl, shopping is more of a chore to me that a fun day out. I do get my mani-pedi's, but am likely to mess up the mani-part within a couple days. My girlfriends are total rock-stars, I am truly lucky to have such an amazing group of women around me. They inspire me constantly to be the best person I can be.
I am more impressed by a story of a really cool mountain bike ride than a fancy restaurant...I love to go out, but I don't get worked up about the latest cool restaurant. Tahoe... I get a little itchy if I haven't been in a while, it's like religion to me. I've been snowboarding for 20 years and skiied before that. LOVE the summer there too, I think they put crack in the air.
I enjoy a quick wit in others, so much so that that type of banter is a prereq for me. Anyone that can make me snort while I laugh...well that's just a pretty good day isn't it? And I get great satisfaction from giving snorting as well...though be warned that it might come on the backside of my sometimes ill-appropriate sense of humor. I would say that I am not romantic in the traditional sense..."walks on the beach holding hands" in all your profiles makes me kinda giggle....did y'all put that in for our benefit or do you really like that!?! I find romance in strange places: Diet Pepsi placed in the fridge for me, research performed as to the new MTB shoes I should get, overhearing a guy tell friends that I am smart/a good mountain biker/skiier...I am not saying that I AM those things, but it's nice when the person you're dating thinks so ;).
I am a bit of a geek at work as an engineer on construction sites, so have learned to be a bit handy. So if you need counseling because I am more handy than you please get it before our date ...hee hee :) Did I mention that I sometimes get in trouble for my sarcasm?
The serious stuff: I believe that the ability to communicate is one of the most important things a man can bring to a relationship. I believe that parnership sometimes includes respectfully holding each other's feet to the fire. I don't think that good relationships just happen if you're with the "right" person, they require long term attention. I recently drove by a billboard that said, "What have you done for your marriage today?" and I thought that was kinda cool. I would like my partner to be my best friend, as I believe that kind of glue is invaluable when challenges arise.
Friends first (or only)? Fine, I could always use a ski/mtb/dive-bar shuffleboard buddy, that is if you warm up on KT ;)
Make me laugh, bring out my goofy side, communicate what's going on with you when it's easy and especially when it's not-so-easy, shove me out the door for a run when I'm feeling lazy, warm my heart by treating the people in your life well...and I'll do the same.
Best of luck in your shopping!