My life has been evolving. I was going to say over the last ten years, but I realize it's really been evolving my whole life.
I moved to Oregon seven years ago from Chicago, after my ex and I had decided to split and my daughter was heading off to university. I grew up in California and, despite my plan to stay in Chicago for a year or two after college having turned into a multi-decade adventure, I've always felt more at home on the west coast. California has gotten to be too much though, and Oregon has been wonderful.
After many years of doing consulting work with large companies, and getting more involved in my local community here in rural Oregon, I decided to take over a small restaurant/tavern and make a go of it. It's been almost a year now, and a great deal of fun. Even the challenges are fun (and there have been a few of them), including challenging my introverted nature.
I have always been comfortable in my own skin, and been happy living on my own, traveling by myself and making my own way, but I have to admit I miss the companionship of a partner, both here at home and making adventures in the world.
I'm intelligent, have a good sense of humor, have empathy for people and enjoy their company. People often amuse me.
Politically, I'm pretty much a lefty (I'll probably vote for Bernie), but I don't accept everything that (particularly) the Democrats profess. As a small business owner, I do get frustrated at the paperwork and regulations that I have to deal with, but I get it.
I spent my teen years in India, where my father headed the Peace Corps program. It's had a pretty big influence on my life, making me both tolerant and intolerant of those who aren't ... which I know probably doesn't make sense.
I look forward to meeting someone who clicks. I've never been much of a 'dater,' and do have a pretty good sense of what I want. I've always tended toward relationships with women who complement me as much as those with whom I'm compatible. I think both are important, but it can take work to balance them. Work is good.
By the way, that's my daughter with me in the picture, not my ex ... please, give me some credit.
I look forward to hearing from you.