I hate putting myself into boxes to describe myself, so I won't do the same to you. I have obvious preferences (don't we all?) but I assiduously try to avoid categorizing people by "type" because it's very limiting and people are much more complex and interesting. So I don't really have a type per se, So I don't really have a "type" per se, but the closest I have to one is "nerdy boy next door."
With that in mind, I am much more interested in your intelligence, personality, and kindness (you should have them) and heart (it should beat). Physical chemistry does matter initially, but it's never a make-or-break characteristic and certainly shouldn't be the sole criterion for anything as important as friendship (or anything beyond). I initially was going to write that I look at the whole package, but I realize the potential for misinterpretation makes it not the most elegant turn of phrase.
I'm also somewhat shy and reserved in social situations, but I usually can overcome that to make the first move and try to break the ice, but I'm usually more comfortable and relaxed (and usually flattered) when someone takes the initiative if they're so inclined. Once I feel comfortable with someone, I can break through the barrier of introversion fairly quickly. So come on in, the water's fine. (And if you look good in a bathing suit, it's not a prerequisite, but it certainly doesn't hurt.)
So I soldier on looking to meet that special someone, although I'm perfectly happy to meet some good platonic friends along that journey. If you're interested in either, I hope to hear from you!
When I'm not working, I enjoy word games of all stripes, making and solving puzzles, reading, photography, travel, film, aquatic sports, scouring the Internet for new ways to fritter away my scarce free time, and I'm sure other things that I've forgotten because I haven't done them in so long.
Books--Spanish Word Games For Dummies, The Language Instinct, Words and Rules, Word Freak, Bringing Down the House, Brainiac, The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows, Crime and Punishment, Catch-22, Lolita, American Nerd, Call Me By Your Name, The Swimming Pool Library, 1001 Places to See Before You Die, Apple's America, A Concise History of Canada, The Complete Poetry of Frank O'Hara, An Atlas of the Difficult World.
Movies--Wordplay, Casablanca, The Godfather (I and II), Sunset Boulevard, Hairspray (original), Network, American Beauty, Hannah and Her Sisters, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Annie Hall, Bananas, Love and Death, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Rear Window, Vertigo, Some Like It Hot, Horse Feathers, Duck Soup, Big Eden, Watercolors, Latter Days, Swimming Upstream, Groundhog Day, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, Murder by Death, The Last of Sheila, Forrest Gump, Ratatouille.
Shows--Game shows, M*A*S*H, The Simpsons, The West Wing, St. Elsewhere, The Bob Newhart Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Are You Being Served?,
Music--The Beatles, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, Elton John, Queen, Steely Dan, Simon and Garfunkel, Carole King, James Taylor, Duke Ellington.
Food--Like almost any foreign cuisine , and very adventurous about trying new ones, but am partial to French, Italian, and Mexican. Not a huge fan of Asian cuisines except Chinese and Japanese. Have a bad sweet tooth, especially for chocolate, tiramisu, and flan.