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 I’m not in a rush to make that happen. 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.