65 Oakland, United States
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My self-summary
I retired in July 2011 and am enjoying this phase of my life. Waking up to natural daylight beats waking up to an alarm clock. I'm thankful for being able to reach this stage of my life and look forward to making my retirement years meaningful and creative. Sharing this stage of my life with someone special would be the icing on the cake.

Since retiring, I've done some volunteering. For the past four years, I participated in a tax assistance program that helped lower income individuals and the elderly in filing their tax returns.

I've also reconnected with some creative activities that I enjoyed in my youth. I sewed for a charity that gives dolls to children in pediatric hospitals. I also enjoy other crafts. I enjoy nature and participate on hikes with a great group of people. Together, we explore different Bay Area trails.

I am a soft spoken person who is warm and caring with an easy going personality. I'm very supportive and loyal to friends and family. I value honesty and believe that trust and open communication are important factors in making a relationship work. I have a quiet strength about me. I always try to put a positive spin on situations that may not always be rosy.

I hope to meet someone who is intelligent, upbeat, and who has a sense of humor. Sincerity and unpretentiousness are also nice qualities that I hope to find in that special someone. I have room in my life for the right man. In the words of John Legend's song "All of Me", I want to be able to say to him "All of me loves all of you - your edges and your perfect imperfections. Give your all to me, I'll give my all to you. Risking it all, though it is hard.."

Although we may never completely know each other's perspective, I would hope that we would learn not to take our differences and opinions so seriously and open up with each so we can gain a better understanding and reach an even greater commitment to one another.

People often comment that I'm always smiling - I have to admit that I do like to smile. Life is comprised of both high and low moments - sharing all those moments with that special someone is something I am looking forward to.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm trying out a variety of activities that I hope will prove to be both meaningful and creative. During tax season, I volunteer in a tax assistance program which prepares returns for seniors and low income individuals. I've also been involved in a sewing project that provides dolls to children in pediatric hospitals. I'm lucky to be able to be physically active. In 2012, I joined a great hiking group - we explore trails in different parts of the Bay Area. I've found it to be a great way of engaging in conversation with interesting people as well as viewing all the natural beauty that our area has to offer.

I also enjoy learning new things whether it be through books or lectures. I'm also working on recovering my rusty French.
I’m really good at
I'm really good at listening and am concerned with the welfare of others in addition to my own welfare. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I make the extra effort to be considerate of others.
The first things people usually notice about me
My smile and my blue eyes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I read primarily fiction but do enjoy some nonfiction as well. I like contemporary music, music from the 70s - 90s, and jazz. I like most music but have never gained an appreciation for rap music. I like to cook and enjoy eating healthy food. After all, as our mothers used to say, we are what we eat!
The six things I could never do without
My family, my friends, good food, good books, good music, and, very importantly, someone to share all of this with. (Also have to say that I can't give up my love of chocolate.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I try not to worry about too many things but rather try to go with the flow.
On a typical Friday night I am
Having a nice dinner and catching up on my reading.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I was very shy in my younger days - and some of this carries over to the present.
You should message me if
If you think we might be a good match and that the crossing of our paths may lead us to an interesting destination.