47Chorley, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
I was once at a friend's birthday party and got chatting to a blind man. We shook hands and he laughed. I asked why. He said 'Your voice suggests something white collar, but you have hands like a Navvy, please do explain!' I feel that sums me up quite nicely.

Sometimes silly is good. Some silly is essential but I can do serious too. Things like why you should be re-negotiating your mortgage deal at least every 2 or 3 years, the difference between an asset and a liability and nappy changing. I like cooking. Eating is just as good. Installing the oven, the kitchen, plastering the ceiling, putting the floor in, and slating the roof over the lot too if need be. Can't say I like painting & decorating much though.

Here to meet somebody special rather than a penpal. I'm not one for writing endless long emails, so please don't write unless you're actually one for meeting up if things head that way. A couple of things that will save your time and mine; I'm not going to date somebody over the age of about 40 as I seek a family with the right person. And you must not smoke.

I get on best with people who are straight to the point and speak their mind. And don't think I'm unapproachable simply because I write the following.

How to Get along with me

Stand up for yourself... and me.
Be confident, strong, and direct.
Don't gossip about me or betray my trust.
Be vulnerable and share your feelings, for I will take them seriously.
See and acknowledge my tender, vulnerable side.
Acknowledge the contributions I make, but don't flatter me.
I sometimes I speak in an assertive way, don't automatically assume it's a personal attack.
I'm happy to take charge and lead when I know my team.
I'm courageous, straightforward, and honest.
I try to get all the enjoyment I can out of life.
I love to support, empower, and protect those close to me.
I have a sense of duty.
I have time for just causes and dislike injustice.
I believe in putting work into something worthwhile and laying a foundation.

What's hard about being me.

Sometimes when under pressure my straight up nature pushes people away when I don't intend to.
I can be a little restless and impatient with others' incompetence.
I don't like sticking my neck out for people and receiving no appreciation for it.
I don't easily forget injuries or injustices.
Sometimes I put too much pressure on myself.

NOTE: For some bizarre reason I've gained an 'interests' section with some interests I've never quoted and it's the only section I can't edit. Where did 'Dominoes' come from? Answers on a postcard please.
And I've also had it pointed out to me that I've quoted having a Masters degree. I haven't, but it's just some way of gauging some equivalent level of education for the search.
What I’m doing with my life
Usually working!
I’m really good at
Reading body language.
Fixing things.
Making people laugh.
Going in through the out door.
The first things people usually notice about me
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Most music, except C&W and rap/hip hop. I usually read non-fiction, technical histories or biographies / auto biographies sometimes. Last books were Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (a very enjoyable read) and a history of Piracy in the British Isles.

I don't really watch telly. I'm saving that for my incontinent years, the period of old age that probably follows the cheating at dominoes and dueling-with-sticks in the charity shop phase. In the mean time I'm doing my best to avoid the infamous red bus. I'm much more likely to be round the back of the telly than the front. Rare watchings of the one-eyed god could be useful though to explain some of what appeals to my sense of humour. Father Ted, Dave Allen, Mighty Boosh, Open All Hours have been past favourites. If it's radio then often Radio 4 and sometimes Radio 2.

I'm not a fussy eater and will eat most things providing it's not amazingly hot. I much prefer home cooked to stuff to take aways. If you like chinese have you tried anything out of Gok Wan's chinese cookery book? It's very hard to eat a takeaway after that! I enjoy cooking and baking when I have the time. Anything from scones to Baked Alaska. I like a glass of wine every now and then, and have in the past made country wines. Favourites are full-bodied reds and dessert whites. I don't believe in eating low fat this that and the other, I believe in eating unprocessed foods. Something you know what's in it.
Six things I could never do without
Meaningful conversation
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I'm re-plumbing this as an interests section.
Positive people
Solar & Alternative energy sources
Growing things to eat
On a typical Friday night I am
There is no typical Friday night, other night, or typical day. Free time can happen at different times. I can be in work at the weekends or weekdays or both. Variable hours. I like my jobs and the flexibility.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
You'd never believe me.
You should message me if
You'd simply like to chat about something. Or, if you feel that we may have potential together, that you're under 40, don't smoke.
The two of us