I'm a sincere, monogamous man, who is given to romanticism. I'm stable, kind, compassionate, have empathy and one who at the same time won't stand for a minute if there is a scam in the air - yes, some have tried. If that's what you are about, forget it, it really won't work.
I'm here hopefully to find a lady friend with whom I could first regard as just that and with whom I might find, one day, that rare and wonderful thing - something true and everlasting. I'm a little past being a 'clubber', so here I am, a denizen of OKC. In my time, I have had the 'real' love experience and I want to go there again. It'd be terrific to sing that old 'Monkees' song again - I'm a Believer. Best, for others, I do that in the shower only *ahem*
Married and divorced early, no children and always thought I would marry again and have a family. Somehow, someway along the line, I forgot to. Damn! C'est la vie, I guess.
Professionally, I have experience in many areas. I've been a sales executive, a fire officer, a manager in public service, a director of a large financial institution, an investor, an advisor to the building and construction industry. Though now retired, I maintain an interest in the stock and financial markets and will most likely do so until I reach my expiry date.
I love the beauty of nature in all its forms - the flora, the fauna and the landscape, from the grandeur of the mountains, to the deserts, to the sea, I find the beauty, the terror and the wonders of nature awe inspiring. I'm sure there is a like minded soul out there with whom to share these wonders, someone with whom to grow old and stay young. What was that, he said? *smile* You know what I mean.
Regular long walks keep me reasonably fit. I love to walk in the mountains, beside a crystal clear mountain stream, along the coast, through a forest, but mainly on a golf course. I like also to ride my bike, not madly fast, but as a tourer along some of the more picturesque trails here in Oz. There's room in the boot for another set of golf clubs or another bike on the roof-rack whatever your fancy.
Just occasionally, I also like to dabble in the fine art of fly-casting. It really is a beautiful thing to do while immersed in nature.
I'm looking to soon take up pilates - if that's your thing, an introduction wouldn't go astray at all.
I could easily turn to or take up any of the many other forms of exercise but this is what I do at present. Whatever, I'll always have to be physically active.
I adore good wine (usually red but often white and bubbles too) and good food in all its various incarnations.
I like to travel and have a considerable list of favoured and planned destinations within North America, Europe and Asia. I've been to many and will/do visit regularly.
I haven't skied for some years, but still carry a desire to ski the Canadian Rockies and the Austrian Alps among a multitude of other destinations. Will I ever get back to it? I hope so. Is there a companion out there who might share the sentiment?
In all the things I love and do, a like minded companion/friend/lover would simply quadruple the pleasure for me. Am I asking too much? I don't think so. What do you think? I'm also most certainly amenable to taking on new ideas and experiences.
I'm not especially a politically driven man, but my politics are more or less 'centre' and lean slightly to the left - my social conscience puts me there. I feel there are too many injustices and far too much cold hearted hypocrisy in our world. Occasionally, just occasionally, I suffer frustrations caused by some of our politicians have the urge to stand for public office. In time, the urge dissipates and I am able to return to some measure of sanity.
I am definitely not 'stuffy', but for me good manners, grace and propriety are important. I love humour - mine is slightly 'whacky' and often has a rather heavy dose of irreverence - a small source of shock to some (I love that) - I hasten to add that it is necessary for one to carefully pick one's mark here. Rudeness, poor manners and coarseness are an anathema to me.
I like to dress well - either up or down - and am still given to occasional bouts of 'retail therapy'; usually of the fashion/clothing variety.
Though not wealthy, I am financially independent and able to satisfy the small extravagances in life that I sometimes crave. I would hope that you were in a similar position.
If you are an adventurous woman, balanced, well grounded and you would like to meet a guy who knows how to treat a woman properly, who appreciates the qualities of grace, manners and propriety, maybe you should contact me. I don't bite (well, not on a first date anyway) and I am certain you will have a pleasant time.
My life is pretty much fulfilled - except for ..... I'm sure you can guess.
As alluded to elsewhere, I chose to discontinue 'work' recently and am fitting into that lifestyle admirably. Though sometimes seen by others as an utterly boring pursuit, I am currently working on my golf game with a view to reducing my handicap and taking it (my game) around the world as a somewhat proficient amateur.
I have the idea that I will engage in some charitable/community work of some description at some time - no definite decisions made here ... yet.
For those with a golfing bent; I'm a pretty good foursomes partner. It's rare that I have to offer the 'S' (sorry) word.
I'm a good listener, good at seeing the big picture, finding a way through, good at being supportive, I'm excellent at long relaxing massages, I'm also a reasonable writer. Other things of which I am good at include, apré skiing, apré golf, apré work, apré dinner, apré lunch, apré midnight, etc., etc. I think you get the drift. That little piece was an after-thought. LOL
Rather than being 'really' good, I reckon I'm good at most of the things to which I turn my hand.
To be honest, I am unsure what people notice. It's definitely not something I've asked about nor am I aware of anyone having made comment. Having said that, in recent times I met a lady, we had lunch together and during this she told me that she thought I was "very handsome". I was flattered of course and told a friend. His response was to the effect that she was " .... after my barn". I ask you, why are people so unkind? *winks*
A lady of whom I recently made an acquaintance (she's married) expressed surprise that a man, seemingly as personable as me was unattached. I was flattered again.
I guess, and this is probably more my own assessment, I would be seen as being well groomed and well presented.
Since teenage years, I have, almost without exception, been seen as being older than I actually was - great thing for a teenager (one could get away with so much); not so great in subsequent years. However, in recent years, it has become apparent that people are taking me as being younger than I actually am. Though not entirely convinced of this, I have to say I that am rather enamoured with the idea. Whoo hoo!
Wearing a pair of shorts, I was in a shop just the other day and the shopkeeper woman told me I have "nice legs". Well, I never! Sun-tanned they may be, but who would have thought? Other than what is on here, High Definition photographs only available on application. LOL.
I have a favourite poet; Andrew 'Banjo' Paterson who created many fictional characters in his writings. One of them, carries the name from which I have taken my my nom de plume - Saltbush Bill. Old Saltbush is the subject of many of Paterson's often humorous tales. Always terrific literary entertainment.
Always enjoy a good movie; I have to say the gratuitous violence, shoot 'em ups, massacres en masse, etc. as commonly found, simply leave me cold - I just cannot/will not get interested. It's any wonder some of our communities are 'up the creek'. Give me a love story, feel good movie every time. Mao's Last Dancer impressed me recently.
Live theatre can be sublime. One of my all-time favourites is Phantom of the Opera - I travelled the country to see three different productions. Two days from now I am off to see yet another production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Music is an absolute necessity - I am never far from my collection or my iPod. My taste is broad, from the classics, to the popular sixties, seventies, eighties, country, jazz, even some (though limited) heavy metal. If I started dropping names, though invoking many great memories, it would ignore the multitudes of other great talents. I am totally unable to get my head around rap though - I struggle to see it as art. In the modern era, I question the need for singers, with apparently great voices, to electronically alter and synthesise their voices - what's happening here? Am I missing something; am I losing touch? Don't answer that. LOL.
Not always, but occasionally and usually when alone, I like to turn up the volume ....lots and lots. Recently my speakers expired - *sigh* (note to self: please ensure that the new set have excess capacity) Having spoken of upping the volume, to the contrary, there is something lovely about a piano in the background at dinner; even a Spanish guitar - wouldn't you agree?
My food tastes are eclectic, but I have to say I am not big on overly spicy food or great swathes of chili washing through a dish. Genuine (not Westernised) Chinese is a delight, that along with French and Italian are my favourites. I have to say it's difficult to go past the complete and utter pleasure of the old time Sunday roast with all the trimmings, followed by apple pie and ice-cream. Yes Sir!
My computer - in one way or another my life is entangled in the web and/or excel spreadsheets; having visited some of the most polluted cities of Asia, clean fresh air is an absolute necessity; I could never do without the marvels and beauty of nature; I can never be too far from music, in all its forms (except rap); if I go for more than a couple of days without a glass of milk, I have withdrawal symptoms; the time and the money to afford the extravagances I sometimes crave; my camera is usually not too far away.
How far to go with the amplifier and speakers in my new sound system.
My next trip to parts undiscovered.
How I might lower my golf handicap.
Where are the active/sporty girls these days?
The next low point in the financial markets - how dull is that eh?
How I must get back to skiing - any like minded souls reading this?
How to capture that 'impossible' photograph.
How can I best make an altruistic gesture and leave an indelible mark of usefulness and goodness on this world.
I sometimes will shed a tear or three while watching a movie or listening to a song of love or tragedy. Cue Mike & The Mechanics - The Living Years. I just checked YouTube and it's on there. *wipes away tear* Even Dan Fogelberg's Run for the Roses has been known to make me shed a tear. It's on YT as well - such a beautiful song.
P.S. There are so many people here who want to participate in interminable email exchanges. Sorry, but that's really not for me. If you contact me and I think it's a distinct possibility that we'll get along, I'll immediately give you my phone no. and invite you to coffee or similar (bring a friend if you like). A much more practical way of getting to know someone I think. Please excuse my boldness, but I really don't have the time nor the inclination for protracted email exchanges which I've found many hide behind while playing some rather silly games.