I enjoy my work and am blessed with great family and friends, but I'm here because I'd like to interact with some new people, with the long-term goal of finding a life partner.
We're here on a dating web site and I realize physical appearance is important part of first impressions so I feel the need to address the "few extra pounds" selection up front. While I'm not in peak physical condition, I'm healthy, I appear young for my age, and am pursuing a more physically active lifestyle these days, so I'd very much like to meet a woman who is interested in the same (regardless of current physique). In my experience, having an exercise partner makes the effort so much more pleasant. I enjoy tennis, golf, swimming, hiking, bicycling; pretty much anything out-of-doors is fair game.
Although I'm talented with computers, my interests stretch well outside the technical. I am or have been a member at the Huntington Library and Gardens, South Coast Repertory Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, etc. I enjoy attending art exhibits and concerts and I've been at Coachella for 3 of the last 7 years of the festival. As with the exercise, these things seem to me best when shared.
I find intelligent women attractive (if you are a bookish sort and haven't already seen it, you might get a kick out of the video of a poem by Mark Grist entitled "Girls Who Read"--search on YouTube). That said, emotional warmth and ethical principles are the most important qualities for which I'm searching.
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
It is nice to do getting-to-know-you meet-ups at a quieter coffee place or bistro, but strolling around a place like Huntington Gardens is a lovely way to get to know someone too. If things go well there, I tend to think something in our conversation will suggest a suitable location for a proper "first date".