OK, I have decided to rewrite this, keeping it shorter and simpler (hopefully). Ultimately, I would like to find a mate to spend the rest of my life with. But getting there involves a process. I believe that the only way to really determine if even a small spark of interest/chemistry exists is to meet in person. After spending some time together talking & getting to know one another, a general sense of either "possibly" or "probably not" should be there. Initially I am simply interested in having someone to do things with and go places with. If that evolves into something more, great. I was out of the "dating game" for many years and don't like to even treat it as a game. I'd rather find someone who likes to play real games like sports, card games, board games, word and number games. I'm ready to get out there and learn new things, such as swing dancing or ballroom dancing - maybe tennis or golf. Possibly even to learn a second language or to play an instrument (the bucket list is getting bigger and I'm not getting any younger). There really aren't many things I don't enjoy doing or won't consider trying with the right company. I have always enjoyed sports and physical activity - running, working out, basketball, martial arts, softball, pool, bowling, volleyball, swimming...you name it. Even played a couple seasons of rugby in college - quite the experience! I really try to surround myself with positive, active, spiritual (not to be confused with "religious" - yes, there's a difference). people and tend the avoid negative, overly-judgmental and arrogant types. I tend to be more accepting of and empathetic toward others than most. I'm generally pretty laid-back, but definitely not lazy or inactive. My dream is to be able to just travel the world at will, if only I were independently wealthy... I spent a summer backpacking through Europe many years ago when life was simpler and loved it! I also love to read during down time. I enjoy experimental cooking on occasion and it sometimes even turns out ok! I love anything that challenges me physically or mentally. There are so many things yet that I would like to learn and experience yet in life and would like to find someone to do them with - it's pretty much that simple. Every day is a gift and I want to make the most of them. I don't really have a "type" when it comes to women, but of course there has to be that mutual attraction or chemistry that's so hard to define. I value a woman who is conscious of her health and fitness. Being a Christian believer would be important, or at least a willingness to explore it with an open mind and an open heart. Qualities I value include kindness, caring, generosity, patience, selflessness, humility, affectionate, loyalty, honesty, etc, - you get the picture (maybe it's because the combination seems to be so rare)...Now combine these with a daring, adventurous spirit and it could be a fun ride. Please don't hesitate to say "hi" - nothing ventured, nothing gained. Wishing you great success in your search.