After my wife passed away in '09, I decided to downsize my life. I sold most everything, moved to my boat and am now loving not having all that stuff to worry about. In case you're wondering; living on this boat is not cramped at all. Miss Rivendell ("Rivie") is a 42' long by 15' wide yacht (she gets insulted if you call her a "houseboat"). She provides ample living space which includes 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and most other amenities.
Rivie and I are berthed at the Little Rock Yacht Club on the Arkansas River and one of my favorite things about marina life is the evening gatherings on the party deck or someone's boat: we hang out, have a few drinks, "shoot the breeze" and watch the wildlife and other boaters go by (or shoot the boaters and watch the breeze go by). Another favorite activity is taking the boat(s) on a moonlight cruise or out to a sandy island to either camp overnight or just haul the gear ashore and sunbathe or have a picnic. Although water-related activities aren't my entire life, they're a big part of it. So, if you don't like boats, water, we probably wouldn't be all that great together.
I'm not a chef but I like to cook -- preferably with someone else. I often sing for my own amusement but would prefer duets ;-) And, yes, I will bring you flowers or presents just because.
Although I love my friends, I really miss the close companionship of a woman -- quiet mornings together and/or getting all tangled up with each other on the couch while watching a movie. I love to lie in bed on a sleepy morning and let my hand wander over my partner, just because I love the contours of her body and the feel of her skin. And hugs; I seriously miss hugs! You know; those big, long, full-body, trying-to-crawl-inside-each-other hugs! Yeah, those :-)! I also like to cook and I sing often for my own entertainment.
While I'm always a gentleman, I'm a romantic and I love physical contact. I'll want to sit next to you with my hand on your leg, hold your hand when we walk, stand next to you with my arm around your waist or shoulder and steal a kiss (or 2, or several) without caring who's watching. So, if you're not comfortable with public displays of affection, I'm probably not your guy.
My friends (if you can believe those knuckleheads) describe me as honest, outgoing, spontaneous, funny, active and "Dennis The Menace with an AARP card." (Hell; I almost want to date myself!). I'm also fiercely monogamous and a typical Sagittarius (I'm told).
Things I Love:
*Snuggling in bed on sleepy mornings
*Anything on a beach on a warm day
*Anything in the company of friends
*A cold beer on a hot day
*A glass of wine in the evening
Things I DONT love:
*Rude, inconsiderate or self-centered people
*People who can't be honest
*Running out of chocolate
*Treat others the way you want to be treated
*There's a good reason why we have two ears but only one mouth
*Do the right thing -- even when no one's watching
About my "Date:"
I'd love to meet a woman whose very touch makes my skin tingle (most call it "chemistry"). But that doesn't happen very often at our age, so I'm willing to give a relationship time to grow out of friendship. If you're genuine, outgoing and affectionate; love a good laugh, the outdoors and adventure and want to be a partner (I don't need a dependent, a boss OR a mother), then I'd love to get to know you. But, above all, you MUST be willing to be open and honest with me at all times, as I will be with you. If you can't do that, then please pass me by.
Regarding spirituality; I talk to God more than most people but, while I do attend church services from time-to-time, I don't feel the need to do so regularly. I realize that this is the Bible Belt but I'm sick of trying to compete with a building. So, if you're looking for someone to be your "Sunday morning arm-candy," I wish you luck in your search.
Here's the "catch:" Five years from now, I will (God willing) be living on a sailboat chasing sunsets around the Caribbean most of the year. While this is the lifestyle I've looked forward to for many years, I cannot imagine living it without a First Mate. So if you love the sound of seagulls and waves, the smell of saltwater and the feeling of sun on your face and sand between your toes, please drop me a line.
Lastly: There's almost nothing I wouldn't do for the woman I love -- you will be loved, cherished, respected and spoiled. All I ask in return is love, honesty and respect. This may sound like bragging but I'm probably the nicest guy you're (n)ever going to meet -- it's up to you.