I'd like to try something a little different with this whole profile thing. We'll look at things in a quick "past-present-future" format. Rewards go to the reader that can make it to the end.
I'm now the grown-up version of that shy, quiet kid who was always at the lowest end of the popularity scale. My path in life, figuratively speaking, has been pretty smooth for the most part, although I've spent more time on the side roads than life in the fast lane. So many things have proven to be a blessing in disguise. I feel like I have a solid - albeit unique - understanding of this world. One may find my outlook fascinating; if you're into reading Vonnegut you might understand me pretty well.
Here's the kicker. If this is a dealbreaker for you, well, hopefully you can at least appreciate a dose of honesty. I've spent the past several years working two full-time jobs. The money was nice, but there was no time for dating or even many social events when working 70-90+ hours a week. When that came to an end I no longer had the means to afford things like meals at restaurants or trips to some entertainment center. Thus, dating and social excursions were still put on hold. I feel like I'm back to square one, waiting for the life I once had to begin again.
I very much want to take on hobbies; I just want a partner to delve into things with me. This can be really simple things. For example, every time I go to the grocery store I see all these vegetables and fruits that I've never tried before, and I'd love to find recipes and try my hand at becoming a good cook. I love to write, but I haven't yet set down to start writing short stories, novels or anything of that nature. Regarding "writing" I have written numerous walkthrough guides for video games - probably about 500 pages worth of material altogether. If you're a gamer too, that's great; writing guides can be a fun project. I also respect the fact that most women don't want to play second fiddle to some electronic device; I have a PS2, I only buy used (long-outdated) games, and I've never played anything "online" in my life. So, I'm perfectly cool with boxing up the games if I have a better project to work on.
On a final note, I am a truly family-oriented person. Getting married and taking care of kids is tops on my list. I've been holding off because I wanted to do things right, and even though I'm not in a "perfect" position I just have to make do with what I've got. When getting a relationship started I really want to do things "right" - meaning, act like a gentleman. No one-night-stands or booty calls. When you're talking to your best friend or family the next day you'll have positive things to say.
I've thought about this. I sold my bike the end of last year, so motorcycle road trips are out for now. Going to Olive Garden and catching a movie sounds wonderful, but currently not an option either. My solution? Someplace with books. There's a nearly unlimited source of conversation material, plus there's no loud music to shout over, you don't go home smelling like an ashtray, you don't have to debate over who pays the bills or owes who what, you're sober when you leave, and you can stay as long as you want. Sound like a winner?