I think I have done pretty good job achieving balance in my life. For work, I play with big databases of numbers -- connecting key trends and insights with marketing strategies to grow sales for a manufacturing company. To balance out my strong analytical side and all that sedentary computer time, I have developed a number of interests and hobbies over the past several years: completed yoga teacher training, went on many ski trips out west, improved my golf and tennis game, spent time gardening, experimented with juicing, traveled to music festivals, and more. I can be very serious and deeply involved with my work and varied interests, but you may not guess that given my relaxed, low-maintenance demeanor and playful sense of humor.
So while my work and hobbies will continue to develop and expand, it would much more enjoyable to share these experiences with someone special in a long-term relationship -- someone with whom I share a similar lifestyle and long-term goals.
Short of this, I am relatively new to the area, and meeting new friends, sharing a common interest, learning something new, or just getting out and being social would also be successful outcomes of this online dating gig. Who knows what could develop from there.
With interests, sometimes people have the tendency to seek out too many similarities. While you certainly don't want someone who is the opposite of you, being too similar can be both boring and stifling. I think you need some amount of variance to allow space to grow together in the relationship, as well as have areas to call your own. Initially, as long as general themes are similar, that's fine.
For my general themes, I enjoy active vs. passive and outdoor vs. indoor. And I like learning and doing new things! There has to be some commonalities between us here somewhere! Examples:
ACTIVE / OUTDOOR: skiing, golfing, tennis, hiking, gardening, biking, running, hunting, traveling, exploring.
ACTIVE / INDOOR: yoga, pilates, jazz concerts, theater, juicing, cooking, reading, researching, googling, attending lectures, visiting museums, home improvement projects.
PASSIVE (prefer to do less of): watch TV, popular culture, being served, repetitive habits.
MOVIES - I enjoying going to film festivals and popping in on some small independent movie I know nothing about and being pleasantly surprised, challenged, or made to think. I typically don't care for the big budget, over-hyped, mass-marketed blockbusters. My favorite thus far is Will Not Stop There from Croatia / Serbia -- which somehow combined wacky, original humor, with dramatic action scenes, intertwined with a touching love story. Gosh, how ironic, that sort of sounds like my dating life. Also, ironically, one of the few mainstream movies I have enjoyed watching several times is Groundhog Day.
SHOWS - I would like to explore more of the many theaters the cities has. I like Shakespeare. I am curious about opera. I am too busy to own a TV, but have enjoyed watching Seinfeld, Charlie Rose, and live sporting events (e.g. The Masters) in the past.
MUSIC - I like modern jazz (The Bad Plus is one nationally known local band I really like) -- I have gone to the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal the last two years and had a blast. I go down to the Dakota and Bunkers, and want to explore other live music venues. Classical, classic rock, R&B, and hair metal (don't worry, if you are not into hair metal like I am, it's not a deal breaker). Anything with a good bass sound. I don't care too much about the lyrics (even though I sing along in the car a lot, the words often don't make much sense to me), its more about the instrumental. I played trombone through college in marching and symphonic band. I just bought and am looking to start playing the bass guitar.
FOOD - When I go out, I like to get something I couldn't easily make on my own (e.g. not pasta). Usually I prefer exploring ethnic restaurants, going healthy, or getting a real juicy burger with fries and a Guinness. I am pro-vegetable and would like to eat even more delicious veggies, but find small portions of high-quality meat tasty and nutritious as well. I do have a sweet tooth - two cookies with a big dollop of frosting sandwiched between them is irresistible. I do a lot of fresh juicing and make smoothies at home. I have also done some fasts from time to time to explore health benefits.
2. A radio
3. The Economist
5. access to the great outdoors
6. a sense of humor
If you don't quite get it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1lJFlB-89Q
Don't be shy about sending me a note if you are farther away -- if it's meant to be, it will work out somehow.
Or just send me a fun note with a comment on my profile or a comment about a movie, book, yoga position, Halloween costume, etc. you wanted to share.