I'm looking to find an intelligent yet easy-going woman that I can make smile and makes me smile. I love women that really know themselves and don't have to put on airs, even if they have many impressive achievements or accomplishments. To me relationships shouldn't be complicated. Love is something you look back on and realize you've had more wonderful times than bad times, and you realize the ratio just keeps gets better. Even if it isn't "love", as long as you have fun together, that's totally cool. Life is too short for less than that. There's few people I can't learn from and offer something to, even if it's just one date. Of course, the more the merrier! ;-)
I'm a bit of a paradox. By profession I'm a software engineer... but as such, I hardly fit the mold. Although I'm really good at what I do, I'm a neo-rennaisance man, not a geek. In fact, I don't really understand how my coworkers go to lunch or leave work and still talk about computers....unless it's about artistic or funky uses for them. I'm really a passionate musician/liberal arts kind of guy with a techie dayjob and a bunch of musical instruments he'd rather be playing. I've been playing guitar, piano and percussion instruments since I was a little kid. I make music (guitar,keyboards, singing, songwriting) for the love of it now, but I've been in bands before. There's very few types of music I don't like, as long as it has feeling.
I also have been doing a bunch of photography. I love taking trips to new places, snapping a bunch of shots and then make them totally "pop" in Photoshop.
As for the "religion" question, relate to Buddhism but I'm relatively agnostic. It's a philosophy for me that seems to make sense. But I'm cool with anybody else's religion. Smiling more than I frown, that's my religion in a nutshell.
I kind of like dates where at least a part of it is in motion, as in going for a walk or dancing. Then perhaps grabbing a bite to eat. If it's somewhere that neither one of us has been to or there's some mutual "newness" to it, even better. That way we can share in our experience of it as we're getting to know each other.
A first date can be fancy or simple, that doesn't matter. What matters is that it's relaxed and we can ourselves and hopefully we resonate with each other and say "this is nice" to ourselves when we look or smile at the other. I like those dates when you look at the clock and you can't believe how much time has gone by.