I find that the single most important thing that interests me in a person is the ability to have long, wide-ranging conversations. I love talking to people who are interested in just about everything, even though everything may not be an interest (if that makes sense).
I am more of a thinker thank a doer.
I am an engineer both by my nature and by profession, and I love letting my mind flow from topic to topic building fascinating webs of ideas. Not in the ADD sense but rather simply in the sense of letting thought wander like a leaf in the wind.
I am an introvert. Spending time with friends brings me joy, but quiet is how I recharge.
When it comes to developing an interest in a woman, it takes time. That interest forms as friendship and trust form. I've really never had serious interest without the other two.
I have very little dating experience, so I'm really not sure exactly what I'm looking for. I suppose at this point I'm mostly hoping to find someone who likes to talk and cuddle. :-)
Guess that's it for now. We'll see what else I add...
For me, short term planning is the coming year. Mid-term planning is a few years out and long term planning is retirement. However, all plans are transient. They can be discarded easily (well most of them) if the mood strikes me.
I have a stable job, so my main goal at the moment is to pay off my house.
This past summer I read Susan Cain's Quiet about introverts. As an introvert myself, it's nice to be reading something that shows the strengths of this personality type, rather than just stigmatizing them. I'm finding that the sociology / neuroscience section of a book store has some really great stuff.
A lot of the music I like is actually older than I am. Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Jethro Tull. Classical when I need to focus. A couple current groups I like are Carbon Leaf, California Guitar Trio and Johnny A.
As for food, I like what generally goes in the "comfort food" category. Pasta, soups, shepherd's pie. Presentation or sophistication matters little to me.
I live alone, so I'm used to eating the same thing many days in a row.
It may be because it happens infrequently, and is often by choice, but I love to cook for friends and family. And there are some things, that I can cook really quite well.
Quiet a lot of the time.
My car (I'm an hour from just about anything).
I almost always have my leatherman on my hip and a smaller one in my pocket, but I certainly can do without them.
Other than that, I love to think. My mind is the single greatest asset I have or will ever have. My mind is a bizarre and wondrous place. But in some ways, it works very differently from those of most people. I have had to adapt to this, but I feel that it's only made my mind more powerful. This is not ego. I am smart, but certainly no super-genus. I just find it fascinating what the human brain is capable of.
As I said above, I am shy. But if you give me the impression you WANT to talk to me, I can talk for hours about almost anything. Go ahead, try me. ;-D
As I've said in a couple of places, very few things in life are as fulfilling as a really good conversation. Why don't you take a chance and start one with me.