I'm better at listening than talking, gravitate towards neighborhood and/or dive bars rather than trendy lounges, and prefer deep one-on-one conversation rather than chatting sparsely amidst a big group. More blue-jeans-and-cotton-hoodie than sport coat and slacks, and craves half-pound burgers rather than haute cuisine. Savors life's simple pleasures while (usually) eschewing costly indulgences. I keep a low profile, avoiding excessive attention while giving a wide berth to people who thrive on it. Commonly found in the company of the elderly, the married, the rich-of-heart and the bat-shit-crazy yet noticeably absent from any assemblage of the young-and-the-beautiful. I truly enjoy socializing with mankind, despite having what Charles Bukowski once described as "a terrible itch for solitude". Half latent child, rapt with simple pleasures, natures wonders, and the inner workings of all things mechanical. Half wizened curmudgeon, still subject to whims of the flesh yet mindful of natural laws regarding foolish actions and unforeseen consequences.
Sounds cute, no? A lot of interested parties have responded to the friendly-dog parallel, and I've met with a fair number of them. What I've found is this.... the Labrador Retriever thing seems to go over well in my profile, but most women quickly lose interest when they come face-to-face with it. I can see them thinking, "Shit, this guy isn't kidding!" while they're hastily quaffing down a $12.00 glass of Chardonnay and contemplating a quick but polite exit strategy. What do I wind up with? An blown investment of time and travel, a ten minute meeting that got weird about five minutes in, and a trip home to salvage a day that's been largely shot. My tastes in food are *painfully* simple. "Travel" for me means taking BART over to Berkeley or driving down to Half Moon Bay. I get around via Bicycle, public transit, or walking. I'm not terribly successful, wealthy, or well-connected. All that said, I'm happy. I take great pleasure in my lifestyle. Dating and interacting with the opposite sex is something I think about, but at this point in my life it's by no means a top priority.