I'm not very active here these days, having realized that the dating site specify-what-you-want approach is of limited use for those of us who want what we don't already know. I do still check in every now and then, just to see who's new or (more likely) who's changed her profile and now looks much different from before.
A few telling details, to get across my general flavour and colour:
I'm an eccentric and inquisitive sort, hard to predict and sometimes mischievous. Don't expect me to have simple views on anything.
I don't want to become part of the machine. I'd rather build a new one.
I am a romantic, but also pragmatic. This is the least of my built-in contradictions.
Although it doesn't stop me, I can't shake the feeling that there's something wrong with washing down a Coffee Crisp with a pot of tea.
I think out loud quite often, which might be why so many people feel some need to offer me obvious and unwanted advice. Nevertheless, I'll probably continue to do it.
It irks me that a monkey can shell and eat a peanut in half a second while it takes me five or ten.
While I'm not really a wizard in a tower, I am really country people, outwards-looking and more impressed with actions than talk.
I walk fast. I inspire terror in word games. I'm a satisfactory cook. I pick good cheap&tasty places to eat.
I've travelled a lot. No, really... a lot. Europe, Africa, and Asia; 73 countries, according to the Century Club list. Modes covered quite a range, too: Five star hotels back in my academic days, fleabag dumps while cycling across Africa, and a lot in between.
I'm really not good at singing, but that doesn't stop me (although I rarely inflict it on other people). There are small rodents that make better actors than I do, but I always have the feeling it's something I should be able to do.
TV: I haven't owned a TV since 1990 and don't want one. However, I do watch vids of Game Of Thrones, Monty Python, Seinfeld, Corner Gas, The Simpsons, Futurama, Red Dwarf, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad and other shows that strike my fancy.
Food: Turkish and Mexican, although I eat almost anything except chili and spaghetti (excessive consumption of both in my teen years has killed my enthusiasm for them). Oatmeal is good at any time of day.
Movies: As you can tell from my profile picture, I'm a fairly serious movie buff! Mostly I follow directors, including Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Cameron Crowe.
A few movies I liked more than most: Little Big Man; Any Given Sunday; American Gangster; The Constant Gardener; Enemy At The Gates; Casablanca; The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly; 2001; The Lover; L.A. Confidential. I'll go to see almost anything set in Africa.
Books: George Orwell's essays; The Hobbit, The Lord Of The Rings, and The Silmarillion; The Day Of The Jackal and The Dogs Of War by Frederick Forsyth; Robert A. Heinlein's best stuff (I grew up on it); The Blue Nile and The White Nile by Alan Moorehead; The Three Musketeers; Midnight Express. That's a random sampling of stuff that's survived numerous bookshelf purges, so could fairly be called "favourites." I read all kinds of things - history, science fiction, travel books, thrillers, classics, photo & art books. Lately it's mostly science fiction, and that's mostly because it relates to work.
(Did I mention that I like to keep life simple? Sometimes I even succeed!)
I answer everybody but scammers. About one time in three I'm interested enough to get together in person. I tend to start from the "friend" position and keep an eye open for romantic potential rather than the other way round ('cause I'm a nerd and just not that adept at reading women).
Some potential stumbling blocks and dealbreakers:
1) I don't date smokers or recently-quit ex-smokers, although I wish them all the best in kicking the habit.
2) I'm not from Vancouver originally. While it doesn't matter to me if someone is a native-born Vancouverite, it sure seems to matter to lots of them.
3) Spectator sports don't interest me at all; you will never find me cheering on the Canucks (or any other sports team).
4) Travelling more than 30-60 minutes to meet each other will quickly sour an otherwise good relationship; please live close by if you're interested in anything serious.
"First coffee meetings" are fine but they do tend to put one in a rut right away. I'd just as soon start by meeting up for some fun activity in a public place.
I'm happy to trade e-mail. IM chat with people I don't know doesn't excite me but I sometimes do it anyway. Phone calls with people I don't know are just painful, so let's not.