I'm Straight Edge, so in my life I've never had a drink, smoke or done drugs. Even though I am Straight Edge, I still like to go out to the bars to shoot pool or throw darts. Not big into clubs though (too many people). And I've dated women who think that just because I don't drink that I can't go out to the bars & enjoy myself or that they can't drink in front of me. I do enjoy myself & as long as you're safe about it drink when you want to. I don't force my beliefs on others and I don't like it when people force theirs onto me.
My friends are my family and I hold them, and myself, to a higher standard. I also am a cat person. I recently adopted an 8yo from the Elm Brook Humane Society because no one else wanted her.
On that same note, I have certain...nerdish leanings. And I believe that just because you get older doesn't necessarily mean you have to grow up. My life growing up wasn't exactly a bed of roses, so sometimes I think it's fun to watch cartoons, or occasionally playing a video game. As long as you don't let that become your life I believe you should keep a certain childlike sense of fun. A sense of humor is also important, since all of my jokes end with "awww". :)
I am more than a fairly good cook. Often I don't have time to cook, but when the mood strikes I like to try new recipes. I've been cooking since before I can remember. My grandfather would have me come out into his garden, we'd pick whatever he needed and we'd make dinner. He was a former firefighter so he impressed upon me how important being able to cook is. Plus the person cooking can "taste the food" while they're cooking. :D
I like those little smiley faces. I don't know why, but they amuse me. :D
I appreciate honesty in all its shapes and forms. I would prefer brutal honesty over a half-truth any day. That goes for dating too. If we like each other, great. If not, then why waste everyone's time?
I want a woman who will challenge me intellectually and be compatible with me physically (yes sex is important to me, but it's not nearly the only thing I'm looking for). I want what everybody wants. I want a lover, a partner and a friend.