I also don't have some weird, demented past that I'd have to explain to you one day. I've walked the straight and narrow my whole life and I have a clean track record. I'm a conservative (I prefer the term "constitutionalist"), Christian (brought up in Christian schools), and I smoke cigarettes. I'm not proud of the smoking part, but that's about as "hard-core" as I get. I welcome quitting smoking one day and switching to those vape things or whatever they're called, but I won't quit smoking simply in order to have the opportunity to date a particular person. I welcome, however, a woman coming along who'd like to "reform" me and my smoking habit if they were interested enough in everything else about me, though! I wouldn't mind that one bit!
Regardless of what I've already said about myself thus far, I'm pretty sure it's irrelevant if you don't see the slightest bit of chemistry for yourself in my photos. That's totally understandable and we are all individuals with our own thoughts of what we find attractive and what we don't find attractive. And besides, who wants to get a reply from someone that doesn't find attraction in their pictures at all? Not I. Attraction is the easiest thing to determine early, so I posted honest, clear pictures of myself and what I currently look like and I really think everyone should do that, to be fair.
Personally, I hesitate BIG TIME responding to profiles posting one or two "one shot wonder" picture of themselves that may have even been retouched or altered… or when they have numerous pictures of their neck up, but nothing revealing the other 90% of themselves. And some of the awkward poses and picture perspectives these women use to put themselves in the best light possible… well… it gets downright fraudulent and dishonest, if you ask me. If someone is willing to disguise something so basic about themselves, imagine what ELSE they might cover up or disguise. The most baffling thing to see is when someone headlines their profile saying they are "honest" and "real", yet you immediately notice their redacted, cropped, piecemeal photos that seem to be trying to reveal a person in which they are not in real life. And those low resolution, low light, blurred pics, where they are, ever so discreetly, wearing non-figure revealing blizzard proof clothes that NASA could approve for space walks (in usually warm East Texas, mind you) or hiding behind whatever object they could put in the foreground in front of them… don't we ALL just love those? NOT! It would almost be more revealing about themselves if they simply posted a picture of their hairbrush or posted a picture of their big toe. lol…
Anyway, sorry to get off of the superficial junk, but you know what I'm talking about. Let's just start off by being honest with each other, shall we? And then we can see where things go. And to add, I'd darn near meet anyone right away for a 30 minute chat over coffee or whatnot, who I thought was sorta cute and who lives relatively close and doesn't seem to have any major red flags. However, I know women have a lot more to be concerned about, so I understand their hesitation about doing something like that too quickly. I'm just saying I would when asked and enough is there.
And for a potential match that may live more than an hour away, I'm not opposed to exploring a possible serious relationship with you either! But I just know that the further the distance is, the more immediate the physical attraction and peripheral interest must be at the onset. That almost requires a video chat or FaceTime chat beforehand (CLEAN!!) to see if it's worth the initial two hour distance to pursue. I say "two hours", because in all actuality, anything much further away than that is really not very rational, even as much as we might hit it off.
Sorry for my lengthy book report here. lol… To add, with anyone I might write, meet or so on, if I start sensing a lack interest or responsiveness from them, I back off. I don't chase and I'm an easy person to get rid of if you have lost interest or have none. Just sayin' if you actually ARE interested in me, reveal it in some way… flirt… do SOMETHING at least and let me have signs. You don't have to be overly forward simply to give off clues. We all try to pick up on clues and I'm no exception. The quickest way to attract someone is to subtly let them know you're attracted to who they are, and the quickest way to repel someone (including me) is to make any attraction you might have, ambiguous or show no interest at all. That loses me quickly and I properly flee out of respect. Anyway, I welcome any woman with interest in what they've read about me to write me right away! :-)