I have been single for the last couple of years and several years before that. It's not that I necessarily want to be, but I don't mind it either. I love women, and believe and understand that we are all essentially equal. I am tolerant of all others and their beliefs as long as they permit me the same space. What is truth for you IS the truth (for you) but won't apply to others because we are all individuals. I enjoy camping, pets, grandkids (and my adult children) and get a charge out of nature. Actually, I find I enjoy myself no matter what the circumstance or environment (what good is being miserable or being wrapped up in worry?) What I like from a woman is someone who enjoys my company but doesn't require it, who has a mind of her own but isn't chrystallized in her thinking (stubborn for the sake of maintaining a belief system) but thoughtful enough to help me in my constant quest for further illumination. Someone who can be alone and not think themselves lonely. Are you out there? If not, that's okay. I don't miss you, but hope I don't.
A first date? It should be spontaneous with general guidelines. Like going to the beach with no particular destination in mind. A picnic on a sunny day in a place that you know is right when you see it. The food is ready, now to find a comfortable spot. A walk through the trees or along the sand. Return to the city to watch a good movie at the theater with dinner to follow.