1. Stamp collecting, cheese connoisseur . . . .
So I've moved to the Columbus, OH area over two years ago. I lived in California for about 5 years before moving up to Seattle where I lived for just over a year. One of the huge benefits to living in the Pacific Northwest is the number of accessible hikes and walking trails. So I could legitimately list "hiking" as one of my hobbies, but now in OH the hiking is pretty minimal and that is a sad sad thing. My hands down most favorite place in the USA is 2nd Beach in La Push during the winter time.
I'm not sure that I can list dance and photography as just hobbies, they're my source of income, but I also love what I do. I pursued both my B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Dance and have taught dance in private studios and colleges for many years.
Ehhh, what makes me unique . . . Well I was once described as the "sharpest kind of blunt" and I took that as a compliment. I'm honest and beating around the bush wears me out so I generally don't do it, which some times makes me feel like I'm not a nice person. I'm not trying to be mean, it's just pointless to buffer. I also enjoy sarcasm which some people say is the meanest kind of humor, but really I only use it against myself, cause I'm totally awesome.
I put down that I'm Non-Religious because that's what I am. I don't spend time thinking about whether or not god exists, I don't believe anything that has been written about Jesus Christ. I do not practice any religion. I have in the past and have come to determine that it is not my way of life. I have a great respect for the Earth and the spirits that reside here and I have inspirational feelings that cause me to want to be a better person. I don't believe in being "saved". The reason I bring this up is not to be in your face about my beliefs, I'm not trying to change anyone. I say this because I've gone on quite a few dates where the guy attempts to convert my thinking to include a concept of god, etc. If you need the person you're dating to believe in god then do not go on a date with me, that's all.
My taste in music is diverse. I make an effort to appreciate all types of artistic expression, I'm just not always successful. I'm an introvert so I prefer being alone or in the company of those who reside in my inner circle. My thoughts also come in waves as I process information. So I prefer to think things through (which can take days) until I've come to a final decision about things and then I'll voice my thoughts/feelings whatever.
Random desire - I'd like to go on all of the National Geographic tours they offer.
First of all, I have a great fear of going on a date with someone I've met on the internet because (aside from the obvious fear that this person will be a psychopathic killer, which don't even try me cause I carry a knife [just kidding, no seriously I've got one in my car((unless that's illegal then I don't carry a knife on me at all))] and after 20 + years of dance training I've got a pretty strong and accurate grand battement.) I've lost my train of thought . . . oh yeah, I fear dates where I have to sit across a table from someone I don't really know to consume a meal that probably would be really good, but I can't enjoy it because I'm too worried that I'll spill food on myself or take too big of bites (which I hear is very unladylike) and have to work to keep an immensely awkward conversation from getting worse. Plus I don't generally like people the first, second, or third time I meet them. Then to end the evening on an awkward note - trying to decide whether the other person expects or is hoping for a goodbye kiss (or worse, more!) then trying to figure out a polite way to deter that event from happening cause I really am not in to kissing strangers.
SO how about this . . . my ideal first date would skip the meal, I'm not interested, instead let's do something like plant a tree, or go on a walk or do something to benefit the community like volunteer at a food bank or something. I'm down for dancing but it would need to be partner dancing like swing or most any other type of ballroom dance (except for Salsa, I'm not sure if guys know this but girls usually don't like it when guys grind their parts all over them, I mean not at first anyway [though I guess some girls do, but I am not one of those girls]). I promise to be impressed by creativity and effort. Let's end this first meeting with a handshake or a high-5 and call it a night. Then, please don't send endless streams of texts about how you miss the sound of my voice, or how I'm hot (not that I think I'm hot, but it's a standard text message), or asking me for pictures cause that is creepy. Also don't call to talk, I probably won't answer the phone anyway; I don't like talking to new acquaintances especially not on the phone.
Also, before we meet my boss will internet stalk you. It's what she does. She gets super pissed at me if I meet someone for coffee without telling her. She's pretty serious about it too, like she hacks into court records and finds things that I didn't even know were possible to find. I'm not sure if she values me and my skill set that much as an employee or she just cares about me as a person, either way...