And while I am a skeptic about many things, my mistrust of official, or personal, statements falls far short of a belief in Black Helicopters, or that the Pres. and the UN are out to take your guns.
I am a free thinker who believes that each of you has the right to your own values and lifestyle; just don't ask me to respect it, try to sell it to me, lord it over me, or offer to pray for me. If yours is a great idea you don't need the hard sell.
Let's start over before my latent Type A and my grumpy old man start fighting it out.
Assuming (perhaps hoping is more apt) that most of us are here (trophy hunters and players aside) because we remain socially engaged but just aren't meeting anyone who arouses any interest, or moves the meter, or who isn't just like the last two or ten, maybe it is better to free associate rather than try to spell out who and what I am.
I love the y'all got issues feature here because we do.
I have issues with folks who believe that they are intrinsically better people than the homeless man/woman that they see on the way to work; I have issues with folks who have a sense of entitlement; I have issues with folks who believe that a supreme being would be critical of the various and natural permutations of the human condition; I have issues with folks who believe that we should drug test people who receive the benefits of the shabby safety net we provide the less fortunate.
I am left leaning, free thinking, egalitarian, unimpressed by fancy titles, big egos, expensive automobiles or people whose exotic vacation pictures portray them as treating the world as a theme park. I do not play well with others who are hidebound by convention or espouse conservative religious views. I do play well with those who find their values are not connected to their stuff or their superficial accomplishments.
So this is what you get here. I am not mellow, but neither am I big, loud, nor persuaded that I am anything but a small voice in a big world where many are unable to discriminate between the things that are important and those which are not.
I prefer small venues (e.g. the Palms in Winters, CA) to big venues, small funky quiet restaurants to the eatery du jour, dark bars to glittery palaces, grumpy older bartenders to showy know it all kids, outdoor stuff rather than indoor - although I am not resistant to cultural events, flip flops to shoes, shorts to long pants, and substance rather than show.
I AM NOT interested in anyone who has misrepresented their true age in their profile - no matter the excuse, or someone whom I would not recognize in person from the photos in their profile. We are what we are at this stage in life and I, for one, have the desire to live this part of my life gracefully rather than wistfully.
And just to be clear, this process is visual. I may stop at your profile because you are interesting looking, or attractive (in the rare case it may be your dog that is), I take note of your age, location, and biographical data, and I understand the constraints of geography, and I understand that many of you are much more focused on the object of this site than I am. But I am the type of guy who believes that you can always find a little more room at the table so I may well reach out despite the fact that we aren't going to connect in person. It is what it is.
And I do have an interest in genealogy, with my Father's family having lived in many wide spots in the road in the American south. So if I visit you in Pipe Creek TX or Carnegie OK, or lots of other small places, it is based on my recognition of place. And, you may be kin.