So... this is awkward, am I right? I have to "sell" myself without coming off as desperate and needy, I have to be charming and confident without coming across as arrogant or as a creeper, and I have make you laugh through a computer screen without it being forced or pre-planned. Screw that. That's too much to remember. I'll just be me and you be you and we'll go from there.
I'm a unique mixture of artsy and scientific, level-headed but also passionate. I have an insatiable curiosity about the world, whether it be in the form of history, biology, languages, astronomy, or current events. I also require an outlet for what I learn, usually through sketching, but also sometimes through writing, and I also love to sing. I run the gamut from serious discussions about the possibility of life after death and the best ways to live life, to just kicking back with a friend, slinging sarcasm and bodily function stories back and forth until we laugh enough to forget about our day. Everyone has their definition of the good life. Mine includes knowledge, experiences, and artistic expression with a few good companions along the way. I certainly want a job that pays the bills and that I can do well, but it's not the main focus of my life. It's what I do so that I can do what I'm passionate about in the meantime. The same goes for kids: at this point in my life, having children is not at all a priority, but I don't rule out the possibility that I may come around to it someday, if I meet a good companion who shares my views on life and parenting.
As far as why I'm on here, I'm on the quiet side. That, and I have moved around a fair amount over the past few years for jobs and school, so it's been more difficult for me to make lasting friendships and relationships. Now that I'm settled into the Cincy area (which is where I'm from), I feel better suited to put down some roots.
As to whom I'm looking for, that would be someone with a similar temperament: nonjudgmental, intellectually and/or artistically curious, kind, thoughtful, and with a laid back persona. I have certain soft spots, just everyone else, but I'm often surprised at each combination of features that I end up finding attractive. I've gone for taller and shorter than me, slender and voluptuous, extroverted and quiet.
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.