Welcome to my absurdly long but reportedly amusing profile! Many have said it's worth reading for the entertainment value alone. (Or, you could skip all this and just look at my photos.* This approach seems to work for most of the men here. :-) )
Basically, I'm a hopeless romantic and I genuinely love to hold hands and cuddle. While my brain may be wired for logic, I have the soul of a comedian and a heart of mush.
I'm always looking for a challenge, such as rollerblading, quantum mechanics, home improvement, relativity, opening childproof containers or removing the stuff I buy from "security packaging" without using a chain saw.
I was once described as "... half nerd, half 'badass,' but the kindest man [she] ever knew." These contradictory qualities do describe me rather well, but may also make me a bit difficult to "figure out" from just a profile. I'm not difficult to get to know, just a bit different from most, but in very positive ways, I'm told. If you're tired of "ordinary" guys, I may just be for you.
Mostly, while I'm responsible and committed, I think life should involve as much happiness as possible. I'm looking for someone to be happy with me, preferably for the long run.
*Sadly, according to OKC, almost everyone only looks at the photos:
Things I like to do:
Shopping for antiques and collectibles (and restoring them), flea markets, tag sales, etc., inline skating (I used to speed skate competitively), billiards, any of dozens of hobbies and crafts, visiting museums, exhibits, fairs, historic sites, amusement parks, nature and finding new and unusual places.
Sometimes just watching a movie, going for a walk or even occasionally doing almost nothing at all with the right person can be best of all! I'll mention cuddling and holding hands again as no one seems to believe it (not that you'll need a crowbar to pry me off of you, it's just that I hear so many complaints about men who don't bother to touch their partner except when ... well, I'm sure you get the point).
I'm sure there are also many things you like to do that I'm interested in (or would be) as well. The above list is hardly conclusive!
Odds & ends:
I appear much, much more formal and logical "on paper" than in person. While I value my logical side, I could not live without frequent doses of humor and the amusingly inane! I do value and often use subtle and "sophisticated" humor, but if you think I'm above laughing until I have tears in my eyes from a well placed whoopee cushion, you're very mistaken! My profile gives not a hint of how outright goofy I can be at times!
I'm best defined as spiritual but not religious. I was raised Christian but don't formally practice any faith. I'm open as to your choice.
I don't smoke cigars, but do smoke a pipe on very rare occasions, especially when rereading or watching Sherlock Holmes. :-) (Jeremy Brett was the best Holmes ever, by the way!)
I love animals. I'm more a dog person, but all pets are fine. In my youth, I worked in a few pet stores and spent some time on a farm, so there's almost no animal I mind being around or caring for. I was even a beekeeper some time ago. Most likely, whatever they are, your pets will be welcome in my home and yard.
The name "namati" comes from when I was violin maker a long time ago. Sadly, carpel tunnel syndrome ended that career a few years after it started, but I still use the name as it's almost always available. My real name is Ken. Yours need not be Barbara. :-)
Since I've been asked a few times, my Myers Briggs personality type is INFJ.
My "EQ" or "Empathy Quotient" is 70 (on average, which is very high).
I've been a member since September 2010, but met a wonderful woman here and took over two years off. Alas, some issues from past abuse resurfaced and left her feeling unable to continue in any relationship at all. This did, though, prove to me that meeting a wonderful person is possible here!