About Me: My name is Jared. I recently moved to Des Moines from Eldridge/Davenport, though I'm originally from Knoxville, IA. I'm the quiet, reserved type of person who is typically pretty mellow. I'm what you'd call a homebody. I spent most of my free time playing video games, listening to music, or watching DVDs or Netflix. I'm not a "fitness nut" by any means, but I do force myself to go to the gym, run, or otherwise workout on a regular basis. I like the results of working out, but the act itself is a chore.
I'm not the best at meeting people (which is why I'm here). My social network is mostly other single guys, which doesn't help from a dating standpoint. That being said, I do much better once a relationship has developed. I'm loyal, patient, considerate, and can have an argument without getting upset and making it personal. I'm just stuck on the "starting a relationship" step.
Interests Etc: I have a B.A. in Psychology and currently work with people with mental disorders (schizophrenia, bi-polar, etc) in a community based setting. I find mental illness, and psychology in general, to be very interesting.
I listen to music a lot, at least a couple of hours per day. I'm very much a "metal-head" although I also listen to rock and electronic/trance/industrial. I usually go to concerts fairly often, although I haven't been lately.
I'm also an avid gamer. My time is currently divided between my PS3 and 360. I'm a fan of Devil May Cry, Silent Hill, Halo, Minecraft, Resident Evil, Zelda, and many others.
I've practiced Taekwondo for many years and have also trained in Muay Thai and Hapkido. I'm a fan of MMA and kickboxing. I also follow Formula One racing. Otherwise I'm not particularly interested in sports. I fish occasionally, with mixed results.
What I'm Looking For: First off, I'm really only looking for a long-term, monogamous relationship. I'm not looking for anything casual or short term. I want someone who can commit and won't abandon the relationship when/if things get rough. Having similar interest would be great, but a compatible personality is by far the most important factor.
As far as religious and political views go, I don't really care as long as you don't try to force them on me. I have friends and family members all over the religious and political spectrum. I myself am a moderate libertarian and agnostic.
I am open to suggestions. I would just like to do something that she would enjoy and that would provide time to talk and get to know one another. I guess if she leaves it up to me I would take her out to eat somewhere (I'm just that creative). I'm usually not big on fancy/formal restaurants, but I would go if that's what she wanted. As long as she's happy I really don't particularly care what we do. My primary objective of a first date is to get to know my date and see if we are compatible enough for a long term relationship. I'm also not the kind of guy who tries to get a girl into bed on the first date, so you won't have to worry about that.