If you are someone who smiles a lot, laughs, has a good sense of humor, and enjoys a good story or other conversation, we should meet. I’m not keen on emailing and talking on the phone. I prefer meeting over lunch or dinner.
I am a driven person and am looking for someone who is equally driven to do great things. I am also looking for someone who is well educated, but don’t mistaken that for needing an advanced degree. In my line of work I have found that there are a lot of highly educated people without degrees and a lot of poorly educated people with multiple degrees. Intelligent conversation is what impresses me.
I have two children and have custody of them 75% of the time. I have been a full-time parent from the very beginning. I feel very fortunate that my flexible employment has allowed me to raise my children. I am open to meeting people with or without children. I am also open to being a dad yet again.
I am also looking for someone who is healthy and works to take care of themselves. The children and I have a large garden, and I have been working to make positive dietary changes. I would enjoy meeting someone who would share in that interest.
In my free time, I enjoy travel and live music. Most of my travel has been in the US, but I am open to any adventure. In the past few years, the kids and I have taken road trips to Key West, Victoria, San Diego, Ottawa, and Daytona Beach to name a few. This year we took a trip to Philadelphia. I am thinking about the mountains of Montana or Edmonton for a summer trip. The Thanksgiving parade in Chicago might happen this fall. Next year we are planning a trip back to Ottawa. My kids and I travel to learn new things and meet new people. When it comes to live music, I am open to a large variety of options. But when it comes to venues, I always prefer outside.
In my work time, I have been self-employed as a technical writer and public policy consultant for about 10 years. I set my own hours, never have to wear a suit and tie, and rarely drive in rush hour traffic.
In my volunteer time, I work with organizations that serve youth. I also am involved in various community issues.
I have noticed that in a number of profiles, it seems that some people are “undecided” or have “no answer” as to whether they want to meet someone with children. I have to say that this puzzles me. It seems that this is something that you need to know before you start meeting people. If you are not interested in meeting someone with children, just say so, I can respect that.
I also occasionally come across profiles where people state that they only want to meet someone who has an income within a certain range. As someone who has avoided the mortgage problems and massive credit card debt that many have, I try to avoid people with serious money problems. But that has little relationship to what someone makes. I do not value people based upon the size of paycheck they bring home, I value someone on their contribution to the family as a whole.
I should also mention that if you are a professional sports junkie, or always glued to the TV, we will not be a good match. I used to live with someone who watched sports and whatever else was on 12 hours a day weekends and 5 hours a day weekdays. I believe there is more to life than TV.