Why "That Special Someone"? No, I'm really not an egotist. When I noticed how many lovely women on this website say they are looking for "that special someone," I thought "Why not me?"
I'm retired from the Air Force, and am healthy and fit. People tell me I'm very well preserved, but I don't know if I should take that as a compliment or not. I'm financially quite secure, work out regularly (am health-conscious but not obsessive about it), and don't smoke or drink. I have no problem with others who drink moderately -- but no drugs, please! I like to travel (that's not quite true, I LOVE to travel), and enjoy music (if it has melody), theatre, movies, photography and quiet "together" times. Okay, also cards, bowling and shopping!! I've been told by some women that I'm unusual, for a man, because I like to shop, have no problem talking about my feelings, and will stop and ask for directions if I'm not sure where I'm heading (this applies to life as well as driving). I try to be honest and open in my relationships with other people, and I look for the same in return. I have a very active sense of humor, which tends to be dry (my favorite comedian was Jack Benny), and I'm not into "toilet humor," especially in mixed company. I'm usually not loud, but do have definite opinions and beliefs and am not shy about expressing myself (I particularly enjoy discussing politics, current events and, depending on who I'm with, religion). I like debate, but not acrimony. I'm not exactly sure why, but I have a knack for remembering diverse bits of information which are usually not of much value -- until the daily trivia quizzes you find on every cruise ship. I do pretty well with those...
As to my background, it's pretty eclectic. I've been a newspaper reporter, radio DJ/newsman, photographer, actor, singer, speechwriter, rifle coach in the Marines, Air Force Public Affairs Officer, mediocre salesman, small business owner and -- finally -- active, happy retiree. Almost forgot: for two years I worked in the Minuteman missile program at Cape Canaveral, too. I've traveled extensively, much of it courtesy of the U.S. Air Force, and have been stationed in Canada, Thailand and The Netherlands, in addition to the States. I'm fascinated by other cultures and customs.
I'm looking for a woman who is intelligent, attractive (to me, at least), does not have those "few extra pounds," likes to laugh (at herself as well), and is looking for an honest, intelligent, considerate man (so I've been told...). She should believe that trust, communication and a sense of humor are essential to any relationship, and her profile will reflect who she really is. It should also include photos that are accurate and show her appearance recently, not from her high school yearbook (don't laugh, I've seen some!). That may sound shallow, but it's an early step in building trust. Some of my travel pictures, to be honest, are several years old, but they're still pretty accurate and they are included to hopefully interest a woman who likes to travel. Of course, there are recent photos, too. In other words, I wouldn't want to meet a woman who would be surprised at the way I look or act -- and vice-versa.
And then there is outlook, something that I believe becomes more and more important as we age (gracefully, of course). Some years ago there was a popular song called "Mary In The Morning" that had a wonderful line describing my ideal woman: "And then my Mary wakes to love another day..." What man wouldn't want a woman like that?
Just meet somewhere reasonably quiet, so we can talk and get to know each other.
By the way, are you aware that if you include a specific mileage limitation in the "Mail Settings" section of your profile, and someone who lives just one mile further than that would like to write to you, he can't do it? And the same thing applies to age; one day a really nice guy might be allowed by POF to contact you, but if the very next day is his birthday he might not. Think about it...