I am an interesting and well mannered person with a very busy work & travel schedule so it is hard to see friends on a regular basis. I enjoy talking to people with opinions, politics and religion usually avoided unless we see eye-to-eye, and I enjoy learning about someone I never knew before. I am a very good listener, but I tend to go on and on about trivial things unless you stop me. I enjoy art, fashion and design but I am also a "guy-guy" so I can watch a movie where people get their heads chopped off as well as a romantic comedy / chick flicks are very entertaining. Not afraid to cry in the movies or in front of people. (I don't cry often, but I sometimes get emotional at the end of a very moving film.) I'm not a sports nut, really don't go in for football and basketball. I can watch a good tennis match (mostly the finals and championships), the Super Bowl and the World Series. I like old time pop music (Frank Sinatra) as well as contemporary, and I like to sing. Duets, anyone? I can't dance to save my life. But I make up for that in other ways, like always holding the door open for a lady, clothes shopping (with you) (yes, really). I love to go to museums and zoos. And good restaurants. To be honest, I've been in a long term relationship and right now I am enjoying the freedom of doing my own thing and living in more than one place. Not sure when or if I might settle down again, nothing is impossible but I enjoy casual. Doesn't have to be romantic, a platonic relationship is a lot less complicated and friendship is very underrated. Romance usually follows friendship anyway, so whatever happens happens. If there is chemistry right away I'm not shy and I hope you're not! lol. An intimate first date is nice if we both feel comfortable. I don't make false promises, and if I say I will be somewhere or do something, you can trust me. I am financially successful but not super-rich. Wouldn't mind winning the Mega Millions! I'm a good business person, and I can probably give you good advice about education, business or other decisions if you want advice. Most people like to make their own decisions, I understand that. It's easy to be too pushy. So that's where I'm coming from. Life really is short, and every day that ends with you feeling good about yourself and that there is hope and joy and friendship in the world is a good day. I guess I sound like Mary Poppins. lol. No, I am not gay! I like and respect women, I just don't think I have to control them, or vice versa. I'm looking for an independent type of person, even if you need help once in a while that's okay. Friendship has to be mutual, not based on constant disasters. I can be helpful but I'm not interested in meeting someone who needs everything, can't find a job, all kinds of problems. Sorry, I don't mind a little baggage, I have some too, but I don't want to be involved with crazy ex boyfriends, kids who tried to burn your house down or anything else weird. A little eccentric is fine, even challenging.
I like to keep first dates fun, relaxing and casual. Not that I see a lot of women, but I like to meet at a local diner or restaurant so we both feel safe and comfortable. No pressure. Breakfast is a good way to start. After that, it's strictly up to the two of us to decide if we like each other, how we look, easy conversation, similar interests, and so on. If we don't throw pancakes in each other's face (lol - that's a bad sign) we can move forward to taking a walk, going to the park or a mall, maybe catching a movie in the afternoon when there are only 6 people in the theater and the popcorn is fresh, lunch or coffee & a donut, maybe Starbucks, walk around a mall (a good way to get to know who someone really is). If the woman likes flowers and chocolates I am a very old fashioned guy about that. I try not to overstep my bounds but I consider myself outgoing and romantic, like to hold hands if you don't object. Don't mind sitting on a park bench (when the weather is nice) watching people, dogs, birds, scenic views, or taking a hike or a drive in the mountains or along the shore. As I said above if there is chemistry on the first date, I'm not shy. An intimate first date is nice if we both feel comfortable.