52 Portland, OR
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My self-summary
Hi. Thanks for checking out my profile. Here’s a bit about me…

I’m a positive, open-minded guy, interested in many different things, ranging from sports to the arts. I’m as happy at a baseball game as I am at the theater. While I like the outdoors and being in nature, I’m drawn to the rhythms and experiences of city life. I live in downtown Portland and love that I can mainly walk or use transit to get me where I need to go. And it’s always fun to walk around the city to see what’s going on! It’s a main form of exercise for me.

But it’s fun to get out of the city, too. I like hiking and backpacking, but day hikes or long weekend trips are more my speed, rather than being out for a week or more. My favorite type of exercise is riding my bike and it’d be great to find a fellow roadie for some fun rides together. (I’ll even fix your flats if you want!)

My work is interesting and meaningful – fun, even, at times – but it doesn’t define me and I’m not a workaholic. I’ve built a solid career for myself. Yet I believe in a balanced lifestyle. I work, play and give back to the community in equal measure.

Travel – to foreign countries or domestically, by plane or by car – is something that inspires and moves me. I’ve been to Europe several times; New York is another favorite destination. But I think my next big trip needs to be somewhere tropic where I can lay on a beach, read, snorkel/scuba dive, and relax.

I love good food and drink. I’m working on improving my cooking ability, but need some inspiration. It’s boring cooking for just myself. Going out for happy hour at some place that has great cocktails is especially fun.

I’m not religious – the idea that there’s some sort of Supreme Being out there just isn’t one I can get my head around. Wouldn’t say I’m really an atheist, though, but I just haven’t seen the proof. So if God and church is a major part of your life, I’m probably not a good match. Same if you are right-leaning politically.

But, I do believe in living a life that reflects the same principles that run through most faiths – do unto others… I believe in kindness, compassion, and integrity, and live my life with those as my guide.

Marijuana is now legal in both Oregon and Washington, but I still have no interest in it, and really am not interested in dating someone who wants or needs it in their lives. Same goes for harder drugs.

My friends describe me as calm, solid, loyal, fun-loving, smart-alecky, smart. In terms of what I’m looking for in a relationship, I seem to fit best with people who are similar in personality to me. Opposites can attract, but I’ve learned that it can be challenging to make those relationships work over the long haul. I’m a friendly, open introvert (INTJ, if you’re into the whole Myers-Briggs thing…). I want and need people in my life and I desire closeness to others, so don’t let the introvert thing scare you off. I’d rather have a party with 10 other people than one with 30 or 40. I like to talk and have connection with a few people, rather than make small talk with a lot of them. Quality over quantity.

Communication is very important to me. I am open, willing and able to articulate my thoughts and feelings, and want the same in a partner.

I would ultimately like to be in a committed, long-term, monogamous relationship with someone who likes to be active and shares many or all of the interests I have. I’m open to marriage at some point, but that's not necessarily a goal of mine. My preference is to date one person at a time, so it would be good to find someone who wants the same thing, and is willing to put in some time getting to know each other before we make a stronger commitment. Falling in love takes time.

Hope that piques your interest a bit. Don’t be shy; just say hi if you think we might hit it off. Thanks for reading all of this.
What I’m doing with my life
Doing my best to be a good person. Working hard, relaxing, exercising, traveling, spending time with friends and family, doing things that interest and amuse me, trying not to overthink this dating business.

New for 2016! Buying a home, taking golf up again after a 20-year layoff.

I have a solid, balanced, and positive outlook on life, and I feel my best years are still ahead of me.
I’m really good at
Laughing, making others laugh, asking questions, listening, noticing the details yet not losing sight of the big picture, finding my way around unfamiliar cities, being a friend, scrambling eggs
The first things people usually notice about me
I do get a lot of comments on my shoes, socks and neckties, and people say I have a nice smile.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music -- jazz, classical, rock, pop, anything live
Movies -- Indies, drama, foreign, quirky comedies, film noir, documentaries, anything with a compelling story, interesting characters, great cinematography. Fave directors include Hitchcock, Wes Anderson, Coen Brothers
Books -- I have eclectic tastes, lot of histories, biographies, but always on the lookout for a good novel. I'm always reading something. Currently reading "1946", a history about the aftermath of WWII and how the events of that year set our modern world in motion. Other recent faves include "11/22/63", anything by Nick Hornby, "Wild".
Food -- I'll eat anything. I love a great meal! I'm not a bad cook at all, but I need someone to cook for.
TV -- Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Mad Men, Big Bang Theory are all recent faves (I prefer shows with alliterative or rhyming titles, apparently)

I’m interested in anything artistic, performing, static or otherwise. Museums, galleries, architecture, live theater (love it!), symphonies, ballet, opera -- bring it on. I like sports, particularly the Blazers, Timbers and baseball (go Yankees), and sports car racing. But I'm not a "watch TV all day" kind of sports fan. I'd rather go to the game or race than spend hours watching on TV.
The six things I could never do without
Good shoes
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Where I'm going on my next trip.
On a typical Friday night I am
Preferably going out with friends. But I'm happy to stay in and watch a movie if it's been a difficult week.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit that I don't have any tattoos.
You should message me if read this and think we might click. Hopefully, you're fully over and done with any previous relationships, both in the legal and emotional sense. I'm always up for a getting together for a drink and seeing what happens from there.