Don't be afraid to say hi.
A conversation is worth 10 times a profile. And there's no substitute for spending time together. Nevertheless...
** I see myself as
honest - Honesty helps ensure a good outcome when navigating through difficult situations.
open, outgoing - I enjoy getting to know people, whether it's striking up a conversation in a public place, or walking into a mosque and introducing myself. I also find public speaking to be very rewarding.
wants a long term relationship, but it has to be really right. I'll communicate openly and honestly along the way.
secure in a lot of ways
understanding. For me, understanding is easy. Patience is really the key. We all have things we're more and less patient about. I'm not big on victim thinking, nor low communication. I'm especially patient with occasional irritability. When having a disagreement I try to stand outside of it and understand. I do like to discuss differences and appreciate someone who's secure enough to do the same.
likes cuddling. Some people are wired for touch and some people aren't. I am.
watches maybe 2 spectator sports games per year, and then only socially. An occasional live amateur game can be fun.
tends to make people feel comfortable. Women would say they feel comfortable with me right away. (References available upon request.)
likes occasional road trips to a getaway. Doesn't need to travel much abroad. Been there. One trip to Europe would be nice.
enjoys the simpler things in life.
excellent health. Simple, healthy heater.
former achiever/adventurer: running; backpacking; tour cycling; reading (some of) the classics including the entire Bible and Quran; study of Christian theology; free diving for abalone; pistol target and action shooting; gentleman ranching; Chinese style cooking; sail boat racing crew; study of psychology, counseling, and business leadership; sea kayaking including rough water paddling, surfing, roll instruction; chess. In the not-so-talented categories: dance, guitar, and singing (interested in them though.) I am mellowing, and wanting to keep some of the same hobbies now, versus pursuing new ones. Avid walker/hiker. Interested in social and intellectual activities. Latest activity is country and ballroom dancing/lessons, and indoor bouldering.
profession - software operations engineer for 3 yrs. Before that, chemical engineer, project manager, and people manager in semiconductor and IC development for 20 yrs.
** Cautionary notes. You may not notice these right away, so it's good that I mention them.
I snore like crazy.
I'm kidding. I don't snore. (references available upon request)
I have pattern baldness in the back.
That's enough for now. Winks.
** Not quite finished with the divorce. Need to be honest about that.
I've been living separately, in Corvallis, since December, 2012. The only thing holding up the divorce is agreement on spousal support payments, me to her. The kids are 26 and 22. A settlement hearing is scheduled for Dec. She's a good person, there was no cheating in either direction. We've grown to become very different people. We're very cordial now and throughout most of the process. There's of course some unsettlement just related to all the changes. I take it in stride (references available upon request.)