-- a quick update -- guys, PLEASE send something more than a "Hi, wanna chat?" email! Chances are, I will overlook it. As mentioned below... originality and personality gets brownie points! And FYI -- I IGNORE the "XYZ User Wants To Meet You" thing. That said -- cheers and happy fishing! --
hello, fishies!! Read as much or as little of my profile as you like, but if you're able to talk to me about something *in* my profile, you'll get brownie points. :)
--I'm a late-night owl and I thrive at nighttime. Life forces me to keep somewhat normal hours, but given my freedom, I'm up in the middle of the night for several hours and will go back to bed in the wee hours. But I can be up for an early-morning hike any day! :)
--I verge on geekiness in some areas, but like to think I stop at just being super-cool and knowledgable: I love sci-fi and all things Apple. I attend photography/Photoshop conventions, but not the sci-fi ones. I'd like to think there's a difference. In my mind, anyways. :)
--I'm not a fan of "reality-TV" per-se, but I love shows on Discovery Channel (like Mythbusters and science shows) and anything related to outer space.
--I'm a creative type through and through: dance, theatre, art, photography... While you don't have to have to have a creative profession, I'd love for you to have at least an appreciation for the arts, attending shows at the theatre (popular plays/musicals), and maybe dabble in the arts yourself. If I show you the photos I've taken, I'd love a creative eye to help me improve my skills.
--I love movies of all kinds, especially high-action and psychological thrillers, but am not a fan of horror films. And I'll still play video games (whether at Dave & Buster's, or at home). Be warned: I'm competitive! (and trying to quash my tendency to being a sore loser) ;)
--I *love* ethnic foods! I could live on Asian (Japanese, Thai), Mediterranean (Greek, Lebanese), Italian and of course: Mexican food. I've also tried Ethiopian, Moroccan and all other sorts of Asian/Persian foods. If you have a wide palette of tastes, we'll get along juuuuust fine. Also, I'm a vegetarian (technically, pescatarian, meaning I still eat fish and some dairy), but it's for personal reasons. I don't mind what you eat, just be a health-conscious eater. These days, I'm a little bit of a hippie when it comes to food. Looking to incorporate more raw and/or organic foods into my diet and have been researching nutrition quite a bit.
--Hoping you like to cook... we can sip wine and make dinners together. :)
--Health and fitness: as you may have figured out, along with a healthy diet, I live a VERY healthy lifestyle. I am at the gym 5 times a week for bootcamp, bodypump (circuit weightlifting class), yoga & spin class. In all honesty... I'd prefer someone who also is fit and keeps an active lifestyle too. I think couples tend to mirror each others' habits, but i don't want to have to be responsible for begging you to go to the gym. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my dessert, but I work for it.
--I am a fan of being kind to the earth: recycling, farmers' markets, green power options. I'd love to find someone who shares those same sentiments.
--Animals: LOVE LOVE LOVE dogs (prefer medium to large dogs over tiny ones); prefer dogs to cats (although I'm an animal lover in general. There must be something about me, because people who have animals that tell me their pets won't go to anyone else, come to me within minutes... Same with kids, they all take to me!) ;-)
--I'm a huge fan of live music! I love heading out to see a local live band play, or even a big concert. I mostly prefer alternative music, hopefully you will too. I draw the line at country music though (unless it's the classics, like Johnny Cash). I also love *photographing* bands. All things music rocks my soul! (hoping you like to go dancing once in a while too... I know a *great* local 80s cover band!)
--I'm open to activity dates! I'd like to try kayaking, and want to practice skiing more. (I also just tried SUP: stand-up paddleboarding for the first time and loved it... are you up for cruising Newport Beach Back Bay with me? It's a fabulous workout!) I tried swing dance a couple of years ago and want to take more lessons. If you're up for trying it too, I'd love it. BUT, I won't make you do other types of ballroom-dancing. Oh -- and want to take a yoga class together? I can see what you're made of (literally and figuratively, ha)!
--I burn kind of easily, so while I love traveling to all sorts of climates, I *do* have to watch my sun exposure. I love the water, but I'm not the strongest swimmer. I'm a big fan of traveling and am pretty open to seeing a large part of the world. I'd love to check out New Zealand next! But road trips to wine country up the CA coast or down to San Diego work just as well too. It's too easy to be sedate on the couch, although a cold rainy night with the fireplace and a movie works for me... I'd prefer to be active. A body in motion stays in motion.
--I'm a social butterfly, and would love someone who likes spending time with other people too, and I believe in guys' night out/girls' night out just as much as I believe in spending time together or with other couples. Balance is the key to a healthy relationship.
--I dislike manufactured drama; I run from it (some people are addicted to it and don't know it; or, they attract it and seem to thrive on it). Communication above all is also high on my list; I'm not a fan of being too introvertive (is that a real word?!) when it comes to communication. I'd rather be honest up front and get things out in the open and get through it and move on so we can go on with enjoying life. Rip off that bandaid, I say!! ;-)
--I'm not religious. It's not going to change. If that's an important facet to your life, we probably won't mesh ultimately.
You may you may have figured this out already, but I have a big personality. Sometimes I think I'm an exercise in dichotomies! Essentially:
--I'm bored by simple, "middle-America" humor; yet I'm a smart-ass with the sense of humor of a teenage boy at times
--I can hang with the guys just as easily as I can with the girls
--I'm not quite a tomboy, and yet I still love a pedicure and getting dressed up in heels for a nice night out
--I'm fairly laid-back yet mildly hyper/high-energy (we'll go with "enthusiastic"!)
--I take bumps in the road of life with ease and am grounded but may internally freak out for an hour until I realize it's all about going into survival mode
--I'm a realist but still a hopeful romantic
--I will let the small stuff slide but will call you out on the important stuff (I know how to pick my battles).
Oh, lastly? I'd prefer to keep within +/- 5 years of my own age, and in all honesty, I also pref