I am in many ways your typical Midwesterner: I am friendly, polite, down-to-earth, and I think there's nothing wrong with a good ol' fashioned suburban lifestyle consisting of ball games, cheap beer, grilled food, and plain-spoken language. However, there are some things about me that can make me seem like I'm not from around here: I'm pretty progressive, I'm not religious, I don't own a gun or go four-wheeling, I'm not gung-ho about having children in the near future, and I'm interested in a whole range of subjects (like art, science, astronomy, history, languages, philosophy, and current events), even if that knowledge sometimes only consists of book smarts.
I have to say that my biggest challenge in online dating has been finding someone who matches my diverse interests and my sort of "dual" personality outlined above. I want to find someone who isn't going to scoff at the suggestion of going to a sit-in sandwich place because it's not "foodee" enough, but also someone who isn't going to roll her eyes when I start to talk about my various intellectual interests and insist that we lighten the mood by watching a football game instead.
I'll just finish by saying that one of biggest pet peeves, and it's a real problem that I've noticed in online dating, is people who all sound the same. I know everyone on here is unique in some way, shape, or form, but why do all the profiles end up saying the same thing? "I like sports." "I like going to concerts." "I'm outgoing and ambitious." All of this tells me nothing about you. Let your personality come out through your profile! Give me examples of your quirkiness! Show me, don't tell me how you're funny, outgoing, or sarcastic!
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.
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