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My self-summary
-- Note that I can't see "Likes", so drop me a short note instead. ---

I am here to find the love of my life. It's so easy to say isn't it? We've all lived busy lives, and somehow, now find ourselves searching again.

Consider me a straightforward person. But do not mistake being straightforward with being simple. I am quietly confident with a tendency to understate.

I have a willing spirit, an honest heart, and an eagerness to explore and experience.

Traveling, on and off the beaten path, adventures and what various cultures have to offer, and to lands where we don't speak the language. Finding those fabulous little out of the way places, where ever in the world they may be. This doesn't include package tours to the Caribbean (unless it's just for a weekend). And I have a lifelong desire to learn.

Me, in a nutshell.

Personality: Have been told I am respectful, sensitive, romantic, and very loyal. Innovative and an unconventional thinker, and can often string a couple of words together.

Culture: Live theatre, galleries, museums, Toronto symphony, an occasional concert or cultural events. Finding a nice restaurant or pub with character, an outdoor concert or just roaming about the city.

Outdoors: Canoeing, kayaking, boating and boat trips, sailing, cross country skiing and occasionally camping. The camping has become a little more civilized, but a wilderness camping or canoe/kayak trip might be interesting. Past sports include SCUBA, and horseback riding, both to high levels.

Sensuality: Respectful, I like women. Enjoy sensuality and giving.

Handyman: Can fix almost everything, renovating houses, and builder of dreams. Fixing things mechanical that is, found fixing relationships a little tougher.

Edit: Jan 2015 and a new year. Re-reading my profile, and it seems my technical writing style is coming through a little strong.

But really, what do all descriptions of likes, dislikes, dreams and desires really mean? They aren't a checklist, just descriptions of what has come before. What really matters, is where we want to go, what we want to do together, and talking about it.

An observation about communications. Women sometimes assume when they communicate through words or gestures, the meaning or intent is obvious. It may be obvious to you...... Men, as members of the right brained fraternity (some may say, small brained), we often need communication that is a little less subtle. And occasionally delivered with a little more impact. A club, swung with sufficient velocity is often appropriate to embed thoughts . ;) I can laugh at myself too.
What I’m doing with my life
I have returned to living my life, rather than, as has been said, living to work. Am single again (permanently separated) for the past five years, after a very long marriage. Three kids away, only one left in university (do they ever really leave?) No baggage, just a little carry-on as a reminder of how to improve myself.

Do good things really come in threes?
I’m really good at
I have been told I am a great teacher, however that is not my profession. It shows patience, communication and understanding. One of my favourite expressions is that I would rather worldproof my children rather than trying to childproof the world.

Being innovative and a connective thinker, new ideas and concepts come easily. Even if it creates friction within normally staid organizations.

Engage me in a debate, and my intensity will show through. Although I have learned to temper my responses and emotions.

Knowledge and information on seemingly endless topics has occasionally earned me some (complementary) nicknames....;)
The first things people usually notice about me
Maybe you can fill this in.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books have taken a backseat to magazines and periodicals, covering a broad spectrum of topics. Typical ones include science, nature, outdoors, travel, mechanical, building and architecture, and cars (hotrods, although I don't have one)

I don't watch much TV, and don't have cable, but shows I enjoy are science fiction, documentary shows, international news, and selected movies. (action flicks)

Food, I can be satisfied with basic healthy food, but always have unusual and various ethnic foods thrown into the mix. And I am learning how to cook, which means more than just boiling water.

I enjoy theatre, had a subscription to Toronto Symphony, concerts. Occasional club. At the other end of the spectrum, there is watching for shooting stars, satellites and Aurora Borealis.
The six things I could never do without
My family
A few good friends
Travel and a passport
Stimulating conversation
The great outdoors, especially near or on the water
A cozy fireplace
Building things (haven't had much time lately)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why is it so difficult to find a match? Then I remember spending a number of days traveling by car in Africa, with a Liberian driver and a South African engineer. Everyone was speaking English, but the other two had very heavy, but different accents. The funny part? The South African complained he couldn't understand a word the Liberian was saying !! So I was translating English to English.....

That's what it's like on here sometimes. We may all speak the same language, and all say the same things, but don't always understand each other??
On a typical Friday night I am
Either out with friends, or heading home to relax. (I live in the city during the week, and go "home" north of the city on weekends)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Not so much private, but an observation out loud.

Why is it so difficult to find a compatible partner? I hear comments that there are some many women looking yet can't find anyone?

Oh, and if I see a lovely young woman walking down the street, the first thing that comes to mind is, ""Hmm, she looks nice... I wonder if her mother is single?".....
You should message me if
If you identify with anything written above, it would be interesting to talk.

You are either looking for friends or simply go out and do something.

Looking for a long term relationship. I'm not looking for a one night stand, or anything short term, other than friends.

It's now up to you. Take a chance, maybe?.... :))

Note that nothing written above is "criteria" I am looking for in a partner. All I ask is for loyalty, a desire to learn and explore, and a willing spirit.