I like to draw portraits, listen to good music, sing (I do a pretty fair rendition of a lot of classic rock songs if I may say so), learn new things, keep up with current events and the news, and eat good food. I'm on the shy side, but don't let that fool you. I'm a passionate, witty person with lots of interests and ambitions once we get past the pleasantries. People have commented that I'm a good listener, that I'm patient, understanding, and non-judgmental. I think I make a lot of people feel safe to be themselves and relax.
I've had some people contact me and, when I look over their profile, I'm a bit confused about what they thought we would have in common. If you start by talking about something that I mentioned in my profile, you'll have a better chance of receiving a response.
Having said that, it's hard to encapsulate my tastes in words. I need a good measure of physical attraction as well as an emotional connection with someone. I don't date stereotypes. If you're trying to fit in, if you don't think for yourself, if you make decisions based on how you think it will play with society, you will become background noise to me and I'll ignore you. If you've got a brain and use it, if you speak with your own voice, do your own thing, and are (mostly) comfortable in your own skin, then we'll get along pretty well.
I've found that if I make too many specific statements about what I find attractive, it will give people the wrong idea one way or the other about whether I will be attracted to them. That's the problem with verbal descriptions: they're always going to be incomplete. I guess I'll only know when I start talking to someone.
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.