I'd imagine I'm on here for the same reason others are, to find that one person to partner with and enjoy the ride.
I'm one of those guys whose work is actually a hobby I love: I cover news and politics. I meet new and interesting people everyday, and try to find at least one amazing aspect in everyone (after all, the story needs a hook!). I do work a lot, but I rarely consider it work.
Outside writing, I'm really into tennis, reading, politics (I'm more liberal, if it matters), a few drinks with friends at night, forcing myself to the gym, skipping the gym, cooking, and sports. I prefer going to movies to watching them at home (something about the theater experience), and the only shows I really watch are Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire.
I'm into all types of music, but often the country station is on in the car, but something more pop/rock for the gym ipod. I prefer nonfiction to fiction (almost always more interesting) but make exceptions for Grisham or, yes, even a Dan Brown novel.
It seems most great relationships start out as friends, and I have no issue starting there. It takes the pressure off, and it may lead to a great friendship, we can always determine if it goes further later. I am looking for a long term relationship, but it need not happen tomorrow.
So say hello, especially if your in the Branford area or a nearby town. If your into coffee, eating, breathing and/or blinking, we already have something in common. The rest can work itself out in time.
The typical things on a first date are the standards. Dinner, drinks, or even just coffee and conversation are all fine. I would rather save the more creative and/or romantic options for date 2 or 3.