And now I'll ramble:
I like asking questions and learning. For a living I teach about books and ideas, and they matter to me a lot, but I hate snobbery and deeply love movies with car chases and things that explode. *Road House* with Patrick Swayze might be my single favorite movie, even though it has no car chases.
I have a sweet and calm (read: lazy) dog; I adopted her in fall 2012, and we're a package deal. What I don't have in my life, and what I want, is someone with whom to share great new experiences, a cold winter's night indoors, a lovely spring evening, a summer's day, whatever one does in autumn, and the general stuff of living and seeing where life takes us. I'm looking for a life-long love affair that includes the ups and downs, the stretches of regular ol' days, growing together, facing the future, and the like.
I'm funny (I hope), kind, caring, and open-minded; I hope you are too. I laugh at myself and the human condition generally; I know from experience that if you don't do the same, we'll end up with crossed wires. I'm only human, and I make mistakes; I try to be better. My humor is cynical but I believe the world can get better when we all work at it; I hope you do also. I can be goofy and need that with someone I care about, but I can and do comport myself well in all kinds of situations. I won't embarrass you. I swear. Mostly.
I keep active, eat generally well, and take care of myself, although I'm not a gym rat or so driven by exercise and food-monitoring that I won't indulge and enjoy myself. I'm built more like a runner or swimmer than a linebacker. So if linebacker is your type, I am, alas, not your guy.
While I don't have kids, I think they're great, and I'm very happy to date someone who has a kid or kids. I'm open to the idea of my own kids with the right person, but I don't feel I *must* have biological offspring. So if you have kids or if kids aren't in your future, both are OK.
Please note: If you're racist, homophobic, transphobic, or a bigot in any way, please keep moving. I have zero time for you. (And "I love [famous LGB or T person] and I have a gay friend, but gay people should keep it private" is still homophobic, and your "friend" secretly hates you.)