I'm a native of Sonoma County, born in Santa Rosa, and I've lived much of my life in Santa Rosa and Healdsburg, with a brief detour to San Jose.
I eschew stereotypes and gossip, am proudly liberal, am working on my spiritual life (Buddhism), being more community-involved, and am not looking for someone to fill all my needs or complete me.
I'm sensitive, compassionate, funny, smart, open-minded, and emotionally available. I listen and can hold up my end of a conversation. I will never tell you that your feelings are wrong or how to feel. I've been on the receiving end. I will hug and kiss you every day, and share other forms of affection as mutually desired.
I've been told I'm attractive and sometimes I believe it. One of my friends actually said I was "charming". My jaw hit the floor.
I'm imperfect, but am working on improving myself physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and financially. I'm heavier than I was 20 years ago, the hair on my head is thinner than it was, and the hair on my body is thicker, but I wouldn't want to be 20 years younger.
I don't smoke or do drugs, but do have a drink occasionally. I am getting healthier with food, while enjoying what I am eating. I'm exercising more (walking, hiking, and cycling) and losing weight. As of today, 6/7/2014, I've lost about 123.2 pounds since 5/31/2013. This has been through counting calories and cycling my butt off. I also enjoy conversations, book stores, people-watching, animals, and children.
I went to Yosemite with a friend of mine (8/2009) and, among other things, hiked all the way to the top of Mt Dana, which is just over 13,000 feet. It was a first for me and a thrill. I met many people coming down the mountain who had not reached the summit. It was a life-changing experience. I showed myself that, despite my weight, I can accomplish what others will or can not. That being said, I do consider myself athletic, though I do have a ways to go and I know I do not appear athletic. I recently completed my first 100 km bike ride.
I enjoy women with their own interests, opinions, and smarts, and who are not afraid to express themselves. Please don't let lines on your face or being overweight deter you. The lines might convey that you've smiled and laughed a lot during your life, ALWAYS a good thing. As long as, like me, you're working on getting healthier, it's not an issue. Still working through your stuff? Me too. I'd rather be with someone who knows they're imperfect--as are all us humans--and strives to improve themselves and make the world a better place, even if it is on the smallest of scales. I'll happily join you and cheer you all the way.
I like walking, hiking, Yosemite, salsa dancing, friendship, photography, cycling, weight-lifting, tennis, reading, writing, self-improvement, children, dogs, cats, conversation, people-watching, laughing, martial arts, Scrabble, Yahtzee, crossword puzzles, sudoku, movies, volleyball, conversation, politics, singing, computers, sailing, playing pool, bowling, geocaching, GPS, cartography, maps, kissing, hugs, cuddling, affection, sounds of nature, good food, Annadel State Park, San Franciso, Bernini, mythology, puns, banter, helping others, walking barefoot through the grass, working with my hands, learning new things, sexuality, spirituality, psychology, serendipity, epiphanies...
I know a lot of guys are into football, baseball, golf, and NASCAR, but that's just not me, and I'm not looking to change that.
I am Silly, Sane, and Compassionate.