Hi, thanks for visiting my profile. I hope you like what you read.
The people who run Plenty of Fish suggest that these are some things you might like to know about me:
Hobbies: I enjoy reading, especially science and sf. I like games of strategy, and the occasional chance to get into a workshop and build something. I spend a lot of time on fitness, with the goal of remaining sufficiently functional to enjoy outdoor activities.
Goals and Aspirations: Grow apple trees and honey bees and snow white turtle doves.
More seriously, I have developed my career to the point where I have a fair bit of control of the timing, location, and volume of work I take on. Once of the advantages of this situation is that I have considerable flexibility to relocate if the right relationship requires it. While as I imply in with the song lyric, I have been thinking about transitioning to a more bucolic lifestyle, I believe I could also be happy in an urban setting.
With respect to the specific purpose of this site, I would like enter a long-term committed relationship, but my experience has been that bearing that goal too much in mind at the start of a relationship can stifle its development. At this point in my life, I think that opportunities to start a family would be limited to a few rare and special situations.
What makes me unique: I have a quirky sense of humour that probably derives in part from my Asperger’s tendencies.
This is probably also a good place to note that my main intellectual interests are science and the natural world, history, and engineering. I love pets (but don't have one right now) and am involved in environmental causes. My Briggs-Meyers personality type is INTP, but I am near the middle of both the I-E and J-P axes. I am curious and like to think I am open to new experiences, so there is certainly opportunity to explore new activities with you.
Music: This was probably more important before headphones became so ubiquitous.
My tastes run to classical, classic rock, and the swing era of jazz. Representative favourites include Beethoven, Mozart, Bach*, the Beatles, CSNY, Boston, the Who, Fleetwood Mac, Louis Prima, Glenn Miller, and Gene Krupa. I also think surf music is under-appreciated.
*I know, that's Baroque, but I include him to indicate that I prefer the Baroque end of the spectrum to the Romantic.
Mark Watney was unlucky in Commander Lewis’ preference for disco. Otherwise, I think the 70s were the second best decade for popular music after 60s.
Many people on dating sites also mention the importance of shared values, and I am inclined to agree. I value friendship, honesty, kindness, compassion, freedom, knowledge, reason, justice, and a healthy environment that includes space for wilderness.
Your dog will love me.
Now that I have just taken the POF personality profile, I should advise any potential dates that I think the test mis-interpreted several of my responses, resulting in a profile which I do not believe accurately reflects my personality.
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
As others have correctly pointed out, most people prefer to transition from an online interaction to a real life one with a ‘first meet’ before there is anything as involved as a ‘first date’. Since no internet profile can convey the full spectrum of information that determines mutual attraction, I seek to encourage a large number of low-risk, minimal time and energy investments required, first in-person meetings. I think the standard has become 15 minutes over a beverage (coffee or beer -- I try to be adaptable), and I’m happy to travel to a neighbourhood convenient for you.
If we hit it off, I would enjoy planning something more elaborate around our mutual interests for an actual first date.