I'm a down-to-earth, worked-out guy with a big heart and an oddball, sometimes-existentialist sense of humor. People often describe me as shy. Really I'm an introvert and take a while to warm up to people, but once I let my hair down, I have deep and meaningful relationships.
I worked for seven years as an editor in trade book publishing and have recently made a big career switch to working in communications for a small NGO in the West Village. I'm also a fiction writer, at work on a second novel, which retells DRACULA. Work-"life" balance is crucial to me, and I'm looking for someone who feels the same. I love going out with friends, drinking and dining, and I love staying in, working on a jigsaw puzzle or watching TV or reading just as much.
Friends often describe me as intelligent. I'm over-educated and speak two languages fluently, but I'm not interested in finding a brainiac so much as someone who is sharp, has a great sense of humor, charisma, and social grace. Emotional intelligence is key.
I work out five or six times a week and eat very healthy when I'm not enjoying good food or drinking with friends. I'm an animal lover and have a talkative cat named Ingrid. Politically, I'm an idealist, maybe a little bit of a hippie, and often gravitate toward "progressive" causes. I try to stay up to speed of politics as much as I can—to the point they start depressing me.
I'm originally from Iowa, went to college in Chicago, and have live in New York about eight years.
In a partner, I'm looking for someone with the right mix of down-to-earth, smarts, and body. I like a stylish dresser, but I'm not impressed by labels or money. I've tended to like older gentlemen, but I'd love to date guys my age, too. I've tended to like tall, blond or salt-and-pepper, and muscular, but there are absolutely no hard-and-fast rules. I'm not looking so much for an obvious clone as someone who would be a good compliment.