So, here's the run down. I have a lot going for me as a guy. I'm thoughtful, observant, passionate, funny, intelligent, kind, and artsy (I'm also modest, but I figured that I had to forgo that for this online dating profile ;-). I'm fairly easy-going, which means that I get along with a lot of people in a variety of situations.
I do, however, have some features/tastes that might not be for everyone in the online dating world. For one, I am 5'7", which makes me shorter than the average guy. I used to think of that as a disadvantage for me, but I now look at it as a sort of superficial lady repellant. After all, if you're going to rule out dating an entire group of men based on one, rather shallow, characteristic, there's a good chance I don't want to get to know you anyway. I'm also on the introverted side, so doing something in a crowded, noisy place does not always appeal to me. I need time to recharge alone and I don't always need to be on the go, and I know that that isn't everyone's ideal mate. I'm also not religious (although I am respectful of religious differences and would consider myself spiritual), and I'm not so sure about the whole having kids thing, two things that are considered strikes against you in the Midwest. Like I said, I guess that rules me out for many people, but at least that's fewer bad dates that I have waste my time with during my 30s, just trying to weed out the people that I'm not compatible with.
Happy online dating, people!
As far as places to eat, I'd prefer something that's not too stuffy, somewhere where we can feel comfortable. Maybe a walk afterward would be nice, or maybe even a little shopping at some shops nearby. I just want the date to be casual and to go at a pace that allows for us to get to know each other and spend a nice afternoon or evening together. Maybe the art museum as well? It's cheap and you can learn a lot about someone from how they react to art.