Honesty, integrity, empathy, compassion and the ability to be supportive are those qualities that I believe set me apart. That and the belief that I still have so much to learn. I have a dry, and occasionally sarcastic wit, and if you can make me laugh really hard, you get to go to the head of the line. I am adventurous and a bit of a risk taker. I am very monogamous and programmed to commitment; however, I am also very discerning (OK...picky) so the commitment program hasn’t had many opportunities to boot up.
I enjoy most of the usual out-of-doors activities (hiking, snowshoeing, white-water rafting, biking, kayaking, etc.) reading, history, computers, travel. Here’s what I am not. I am not a conservative, I am not a liberal, I am not PC, and I’m not a radical anything. I tend to travel my own road; and to be honest, I don’t encounter very many others walking the same path.
OK, a few thoughts on the more physical side of a relationship. While I don’t want to appear to be interested only in a woman’s appearance, I am simply not interested in a relationship where there is not some serious chemistry and heat. And let's face it, creating and maintaining that in a relationship requires some effort. It means occasionally going out of one's way to please one's partner. But the reward is worth it. If I am seriously attracted and emotionally bound to my partner, then the desire to express those feelings requires outlet. I am a very affectionate, attentive and physical man.
I am an artist by nature, and therefore, a very visually oriented person. What can I say, appearance is important to me. I admit it, I’m a leg man, and I prefer a woman in a skirt. And I respond to nothing so much as the knowledge that my partner is going out of her way to please me. Keeping the romance and attraction in a relationship requires taking the time to learn what pleases and excites your partner, and making the effort to gratify. Now, this definitely has to work both ways. A relationship is a two-way street, and requires that each partner be willing to give whatever they hope to receive. There's no other way to achieve balance.
I am looking for a woman who is exactly like me, and exactly my opposite. I am looking for a woman who shares my values, ideals and interests; yet who is every bit as feminine as I am masculine. I am a man, not a boy; and I am looking for a woman, not a girl, though I hope that we would both retain many childlike qualities; particularly a sense of awe for the more amazing aspects of the world around us. I'm sorry, but I don't wish to spend my time with people who have become hard, bitter or desensitized. I'm looking for a woman who is as intellectually, emotionally and spiritually mature as I am. And who can hold her own in a deeply philosophical or introspective conversation. I prefer a woman who knows how to care of her man, who enjoys providing the feminine touches that I, for one, need in my life. And who can let go and allow her man to take care of her. The ability to take care of one another is a gift, and can only be enjoyed when it is shared. While I prefer a very strong woman, and enjoy a woman who doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty, I also enjoy a woman who has a very soft and feminine side, with a sleek, classy and sophisticated style.
Update: I found the above woman, and, unfortunately, on Sept. 28, 2014 she passed away. So...I guess I'm looking for something a bit different now. First off, I don't think I'm looking for a committed relationship at the present time...more just someone to spend some time with. I'm not sure I have another relationship in me. Things may change, but that's how I feel at the present time.