I like to help others in need, and so I volunteer alot. I also like to chat, talk on the phone, e-mail, take walks, go to the movies, travel(mostly for social reasons), explore, have fun, ect.
I like most kinds of music. I wouldn't mind having a family one day. What makes me different from most other men is that I like to listen.
I am level headed, down to earth, I live within my means, and I would like the same in a woman. Being able to live within ones means, is an absolute must for me. If you are unable to stay within a budget, or just not able to control your credit card spending, then I'm not the one for you. For we won't get along at all. We would argue to no end (well, only if you insist I keep bailing you out).
My general preference for a woman's height is no shorter than 5'4 and no taller than 6'2. I do allow exceptions to my preferences, but I would feel more comfortable within that range. I also would prefer someone educated. At my age eye candy is not enough, I need someone with a soul and a brain!
I may not respond back if you're older (it depends, for I might).
Anything past the friend level needs commitment, trust, and respect from both sides in order for a long-term relationship to really work (meaning, you can't tell your family and friends everything, some things need to be private and personal. If you want a man to really open up to you 100%ly then he needs to know that you're on his side like Bonnie and Clyde. For loose lips sinks ships! And so learning certain boundaries is important).
Alot of men would bend over backwards and jump over hurdles for a woman they could trust, but we won't lift a finger for nor be committed to someone who doesn't respect us.
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
Out to eat(Like Ethiopian, Syrian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Indian or any local soul food or mom and pop / family owned spot), out to see a movie, chill at a bookstore for some tea, or inside to talk a little. It all depends really