Personally, I like loyal best. But trustworthy takes the most work. That one is not as easy as it seems sometimes. The honesty required for a true friendship is not always comfortable, but the end result is so worth it. Which is to say that friendship, true friendship, means a lot to me. Personally, I think that, in the end, you have two things: your personal integrity and the integrity of your friendships. Everything else is passing.
Here's part of my story.
I was an electrician for ten years, but I hated it. So I taught myself how to write: fiction at first-realism, naturalism. Then I went back to school and finished my degree (I dropped out the first time through: I was confused and young). But you know, it is tough to make a living at fiction. I needed money. So I started my own business. For the past 17 years, I have been writing the guides you love to hate: software manuals. (I developed my own style of user guide, which clients hire me to implement in their companies.) Since I am a freelancer, I work almost exclusively from home. That 8 foot commute is pretty good.
I am also involved in another business. Still, these days, I am in the process of creating the time to get back to my own writing. If you want to read something of mine (readily available on the Internet), let me know and I will send you the URL.
I am a very independent guy, which means I would work best with an independent gal. The things that we could possibly share, include hiking, camping, art, reading, writing, music, native plant landscaping, being with friends, riding bicycles, food (making, eating, growing). I also dig traveling, but, for the time being anyway, I cannot promise to do it as much as many women on this site seem to want. So if you are looking for a companion for yearly foreign adventures, I am not your guy.
I'd like to just meet someone nice, do things, get to know each other, and if something develops, excellent. Ultimately, I would like a very long term relationship. And I want to take the time.
Ah yes, I have a dog and a cat. I walk the dog regularly in the Oakland hills, which is a great way to stay in decent condition. You don't HAVE to love dogs, but it would go a long way. If you just liked them a lot, that would be fine.
Finally, I apologize for two things about my pictures. First, they were taken in July of 2012. That is as recent as it gets. Second, I don't seem to be smiling in any of them. I actually do smile. Fairly often. Just not in these photos. Which are the most recent.
Would someone please tell me how to take a good selfie? I am clueless.
And remember kids: chocolate and wine are health foods.