I’ve been told that I listen attentively and offer good advice, that I treat people with respect, and that I give people the time and space that they need. I generally withhold judgment of how other people live as long as they aren’t hurting themselves or anyone else. Life’s too short to worry about how other people aren’t fitting into your labels. I’ve also been told that I have a way of putting things into words so that others can understand them without feeling like they’re being talked down to, whether I’m explaining something scientific or technical, or trying to convey my impressions or feelings about something. I have a lot of random facts floating around in my head and can be a great boon to a trivia team, especially for things like history, geography, and languages. I generally sit back and observe other people before I talk in a group setting, but I’ve been told that I’m very easy to talk to once you engage me in conversation.
I like to learn about how things came to be the way they are and also about the way things could be different. I LOVE to sketch, especially faces. It’s a form of meditation for me and I’m always challenging myself to improve my artistic technique and perspective. I love most kinds of music and like to sing, although I hold back on singing in front of other people until I feel more comfortable. I love going for walks and hikes in quiet places with beautiful views and good company. I enjoy visiting new places, especially if it involves sampling some local food and drink. I especially like having a good conversation with someone where we can get beyond the superficial and be genuine with each other.
As to whom I'm looking for, that would be someone with similar interests and/or a similar temperament: someone who withholds judgment and shallow criticism; someone who enjoys learning and takes an intellectual interest in the world around them; someone who at least treats others with a modicum of decency and respect; someone who asks after others and really checks in on how they’re doing; and someone who isn’t easily rattled or irritated.
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.