I also enjoy outdoors activities. I recently started rock climbing. It’s pretty fun. I used to climb the tree in my front yard as a kid, and I was also in gymnastics, so I guess I’ve always enjoyed climbing on things. I’m into hiking and cycling as well. I’m not really a hardcore cyclist, though, more for leisure. I’m interested in doing some kayaking as well but have yet to buy a kayak.
I love intellectual conversation, so I’m looking for someone who is interested in ideas. I enjoy philosophical discussions (from the standpoint of curiosity more than academic scholarship), exploring spiritual mysteries, and engaging in civil, open-minded discussions about world affairs. Spirituality is very important to my life, and while I was raised Christian and it heavily informs my spiritual views, I do not adhere strictly to any prescribed doctrine. I believe in the importance of spiritual inquiry and being honest about questions and doubts and having the courage to voice them. As for civil, open-minded discussions about world affairs, I believe that the existing political parties in this country have become irrelevant to thinking and compassionate Americans. My views can be best summed up as supporting fiscal responsibility and non-bigotry. Too often, political discussions devolve into getting defensive and throwing back the same parroted party-standard sound bites heard from politicians or talking heads. I love talking about current affairs, but only if I can have a non-partisan, intelligent discussion without an agenda and based in fact. I enjoy reading The Economist to help me keep current.
When I think about the aspects of a relationship that most appeal to me, “someone to snuggle with” is up there near the top. I’m not thinking about a family right now. If you’re just looking for someone to bear your children, you need to move on. I’m not sure whether or not I want kids, and I won’t know until I’m in a serious relationship. The man for me will want to be with me because we have a strong connection and are madly in love with each other and can’t imagine life without each other, not because wife and kids are the next thing on his checklist.
The man for me will be respectful, sensitive, compassionate, and well-grounded, and he will have time for me. Hard to snuggle with someone who is never around. I don’t need to be attached at the hip to my partner, but I do want him to be a regular presence in my life. If you’re interested in getting to know me, please send me a line. I don’t respond to one-line e-mails that just say “Hey, what’s up?” That’s just lazy. What happened to courtship? If we met out there in the big, wide world, how would you let me know you were interested in me before I walked away? No different here. This place is a jungle, and you’ve got to stand out from the noise.
Coffee or lunch is nice for a first date. After a couple dates if things are going well it would be nice to get out and share our interests with each other. We could go to a play, festival, museum, go hiking or kayaking or rock climbing or something you’re interested in. Hope to hear from you. :-)
* Jane Eyre
* Infinite Jest
* Me Talk Pretty One Day
* Guns, Germs and Steel
* The Shawshank Redemption
* Conversation(s) with Other Women
* Cinderella Man
* My Big Fat Greek Wedding
* The Next Three Days
* To Rome with Love
Favorite TV shows:
I like Big Bang Theory but don’t follow it religiously. I also really liked Coupling and The Office (American version).
I like a wide range of classical music, and it’s hard to pin down favorite composers. I like the well-known giants like Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and Vivaldi. I also like Camille Saint-Saens, Erich Korngold, William Byrd, and Nico Muhly.
Favorite non-classical musicians:
* K. T. Tunstall
* Alanis Morissette
* Jason Mraz
* The Black Keys
* The Dave Matthews Band
* Maroon 5
* Sarah McLachlan
* Jack Johnson
Usually I want something with whole grain and vegetables. Some of my favorite recipes (from scratch) that I’ve tried are chicken parmesan, steak salad with mangos and jalapeno viniagrette dressing, shepard’s pie, and beef stroganoff, chicken pot pie, and chicken and vegetable Chinese stir fry.