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My self-summary
OK, great, so you liked the picture! That's one important part of the equation! So, here's the rest of it--what it would actually be like to date me:

Whisked away on adventures and generally experiencing life. I like winter trips to some beach location, weekend getaways on the motorcycle, making meals together, driving a little too fast in a sports car to find some obscure thing to do, exploring some new ma/pa restaurant out in who-knows-where, weekend ski trips, taking dance classes, random passionate kisses in elevators, signing a waiver to have some fun at something, witty humor that can be high or low brow, and watching movies when the weather turns to crap. We will be outside a lot whenever the weather permits. You won't ever open your own door or need to pull out your own chair. I am loyal like a labrador; looking for my best friend to enjoy life and not let grass grow under our feet!!! You up for it? I want you in my life! Doing these fun things alone is getting old...

I am a bit of a contradication in many ways. I am educated, well-traveled, and I have been published over 60 times. However, I don't like to read at all and my humor and most of my interests are more blue-collar type. I can blend in a lot of different social circles, but I really prefer the midwest "genuine" type of people to spend time with.

Note: Since getting divorced over 5 years ago, I've gone on enough dates now to know who is my type and who is not. Please see the "message me if" part down below!! I am really hoping to find a woman compatible with me so I can get myself off of these dating sites...Being alone is fine and dandy, but great companionship is soooo much better.
What I’m doing with my life
I used to run a science & engineering company, but I am now partially retired. I also serve on the board of a small rental property firm. In my part-time job, I still do science and engineering; it is mostly very interesting work that has certainly influenced who I am, but it doesn't define who I am. Surprisingly, and thankfully, I have more free time than most people and the means to enjoy life's experiences. Need you to share them with me! I am fairly active during most of my free time, so if you are a big couch potato, we probably won't get along real well. The only time that is an exception for me is during the dead of winter when I just try to stay warm, watch a lot of movies, catch up on Netflix, and limit my active things to some skiing, maybe trying some dancing, or indoor skydiving. Although sometimes a good video game can distract me now and then too...
I’m really good at
Being modest :-) I talk modestly but let my actions speak loudly...Oh, and story telling.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm told my smile, and that I'm in decent shape are the "first impressions." After a couple hours, I'm told I come across as calm, collected, articulate, confident, and respectful. I have also been called a Renaissance Man more than a couple of times.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Let's skip to the chase....I like almost anything that goes fast (exception: NOT a fan of fast women). I love motorcycles and fast cars and going fast on windsurfers. These are the only material possessions I simply cannot do without (I can do without everything else!). I also like other things that go fast, downhill skiing and Hobie Cats would also be in the top five. I go recreational racing now and then (cars, motorcycles, go-karts), so if this freaks you out, move on!!

For indoor activities, I like food and movies a lot, and I want to start learning how to dance. Oh, I love Bears games and Bulls playoffs too...
Six things I could never do without
Quality Chicago style pizza
A fast car and a fast motorcycle
Good laughs
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Lately? Over time I've begun to conclude that it seems like people approach e-dating like window shopping. They are looking for the "perfect item" in the window. A unicorn, if you will. If not a unicorn, most people e-dating certainly seem to be looking for someone 2-3 notches above who they can realistically date. A little frustrating because none of us "check every box" and are perfect, yet there are a lot of great people on here that could potentially lead to a great match. If we seem compatible on a lot of levels, let's take the time to actually read the profile, look at our questions, email each other and see if we want to meet!
On a typical Friday night I am
Depends on the weekend and time of the year. Spring through fall I will do things outside as much as possible. Most likely, I will go for a motorcycle ride, take out one of my two sports cars, go windsurfing, or maybe a bicycle ride. In the winter, I'll go skiing a few times, but I fill most of my free time catching up on movies, Netflix, and finding indoor shows/events to do. I do have two fantastic daughters (the older one is away at college), and I have my younger one (a H.S. Senior) every other weekend, so half of the weekends I'm doing something with her. I am almost an empty nester....
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I actually like the concept of e-dating. Though being attracted to someone is important, I am simply not the type of person to approach a complete stranger at, say, the grocery store. All I'd know about her is her looks, and that's not enough for me to be "interested" and strike up a conversation. I like the ability to know more about someone before I try to strike up a conversation. Maybe that's the scientist in me?
You should message me if
If you really like motorcycles, think doing a burnout in a Corvette on some country road is exhilarating and not juvenile, have a thirst for new adventures, are affectionate/romantic, and are loyal, then you are probably my type. I've found that I'm only attracted to women who are my height or shorter and aren't overweight by more than about 15-20 pounds (sorry, women with more than that just really turns me off, and that then kills my romantic side completely--neither one of us wants that! Plus, my lifestyle is active and fairly healthy and we need to mesh there...). Next year I'm doing a motorcycle trip across a major section of Africa through a lot of small towns and not many tourist traps. Does the thought of this excite you or scare you? The answer will say a lot about whether we might be a match. You also need to be able to support yourself. I am well off financially and can enjoy life, but I am not interested in anyone who can't carry their own weight. I've met too many women looking for a man to be their meal ticket.

I want to be upfront with you before we might even email each other: I am NOT interested in jumping into bed quickly. Don't get me wrong--I DO want a good long-term relationship and I do of course very much enjoy sex. But, I would really like to go about a relationship the old-fashioned way. I want to do things just as friends, go a little slow on the romantic side, and see where it goes from there. Worst case is that we just stay friends. Best case, we find we really enjoy each other's company in all sorts of ways and things take off from there (literally and figuratively!). I don't want a short-term fling. Ideally, my next long term relationship is with my best friend. Sounds archiac in this day and age, I know, but I feel that it is the best way to find someone special. I just want to make sure I'm giving/receiving that affection to someone I think is pretty special and she feels the same in return...

If you live within 30min or so of me, have a diverse sense of humor, are reasonably fit and like to "do" things and truly experience life, please do write me a note! I'd love to hear from you, and I find it very appealing if the woman is confident and assertive enough to contact me first.
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