I'm somewhere between average and fit. I'm reasonably fit for my age, and work out three or four times a week to stay there. I am looking for someone who also feels that staying reasonably fit is important.
And there's the first of many contradictions in my life. Health is important to me, but I'm probably not the healthiest eater you've ever met. I'm pretty good on fruits, not so great on veggies.
Religion is an area that is a tough one for me to answer with just one click. I was raised Catholic, but I'm not practicing. I've been turned off by organized religion in general. I follow a moral code that is based on my Catholic upbringing, but I'm just not convinced that any of the churches have earned our commitment.
I'm a generally optimistic kind of guy, and I'd like to meet someone who feels the same way about life. I've faced some difficult times, and wasn't smiling all the way through, but I stayed pretty positive, so I'll really appreciate that in a future "significant other." Yet a healthy skepticism, or even a dash of cynicism isn't a bad thing.
I'm looking for someone who shares some of my interests, but has plenty of her own. Some we'll enjoy together, some we won't feel the need to. Someone who is a strong, independent person but who still appreciates a door being opened for her - or at least won't slap me when I open her car door. :+) Someone who might enjoy reading a book aloud to each other in the evenings.
I love to travel and have a passport, but I'm not in a position to become a frequent world traveler just now. Having recently started a new job here in the DC area, my vacation time is limited. So if you've already retired and have bags packed to cruise the world, as much as I'd love to join you, I'm not the guy you're looking for. Sigh.
Sometimes the options we have to choose on these profile questions are too cut and dried, or even false choices. But if we answer enough of them, I think it is more information about each other than we gain from other sites. And comments enhance that. So comment away!
I currently work for a local non-profit publication tied to a university and with connections to public media. Through that university, I'll soon be taking some courses. I also spend my days as a constant learner, curious about just about anything.
What do I read? A lot. WaPo, Smithsonian, The Week, general fiction, literature, science fiction and fantasy, mysteries, non-fiction (especially history and science). I usually have more than one book going at once. Just finished "The Boys in the Boat" and am starting Annie Proulx's new novel.
Favorite authors include Michael Connelly & Michael Chabon, Tony Hillerman & Toni Morrison, Carl Sagan & Carl Hiaasen, Mary Doria Russell & Marion Zimmer Bradley, David McCullough & David Halberstam, Stephen Ambrose & Stephen King, Neil Gaiman & Neil Stephenson, as well as Octavia Butler, Louise Erdrich, Terry Prachett, Laura Hillenbrand and on and on...
I don't watch much TV - PBS, BBC, occasional sports, some sci-fi.
Movies - just about anything that isn't adolescent humor. Okay. Sometimes even a little adolescent humor isn't a bad thing. I should probably list a bunch of art films - and I do enjoy them - but I also enjoy the blockbuster super hero films too. I grew up reading Superman comics. I can't help it.
Food? I'm definitely an omnivore. As mentioned elsewhere, I'm not a big veggie person, but I'm not strictly meat & potatoes. I've even found Ethiopian and Indian dishes that I like. And like every good American, I don't turn away from Italian, Mexican, Mediterranean and some Chinese fare.
What else do I like? The six things below of course, but also ice cream after a bike ride, road trips, alliteration, holding hands, chili with beans, a board game called "Encore," the rich sound of a cello, good burgers, good grammar and a bunch of other things.
If you like to engage in intelligent conversation about your day, my day, the world's day. Whatever.
If you like the arts.
If meeting someone who is not much of a dancer isn't a deal breaker for you :+)
If you also have an insatiable curiosity and eagerness for continuous learning
If you'd like to go for bicycle rides, maybe a hike, a play or just enjoy each others' company at home.
You have a photo posted in your profile.