I am returning to school after a spate of trying to make it as a writer. I wrote freelance for a few years while working on "serious projects" but now I want something more consistent and reliable. So I'm in the process of studying accounting, which is somewhat boring but lucrative. Supposedly.
Some things that I enjoy are: trying new things, listening to NPR, hanging out and making observations about the universe, watching movies, walking my dog, reading books, killing time on the internet.
I try to write every day, and being reflective and learning new things is important to me. I also really enjoy intellectual conversations, and people who can disagree without getting emotionally involved in the disagreement.
I like sad songs and waltzes, but they aren't selling this year. My goal is to get my degree and find a job with good benefits that gives me the financial freedom to do the things I want, and eventually meet someone along the way I can spend my life with.
I would like to meet someone who enjoys my company and I can just be myself around. I'm not really sure I want to get into a serious relationship, but if it happens it happens.
I like to try to make first dates memorable, but also somewhat traditional. I think it's wonderful to be chivalrous, take a girl out for dinner and go for a walk, intersperse opportunities to get to know each other better with entertainment so that there's not too much pressure to force a conversation for hours and hours. Going to a movie can be good, if the movie provokes a thoughtful discussion that gives you insight into someones views on the world.
I would also enjoy doing something a little less generic, like going to the zoo, or out on a ferry ride to one of Seattles lonely islands, or going on a walking tour of Starbucks in downtown. I try to always tailor activities to meet the person, so if someone really likes something or has indicated an interest than I always try to be obliging.
I think the most important part of a first date is to be honest about yourself so that you know if you're meeting someone you will really enjoy spending time with. Ultimately if you really like someones company anything can be fun, and if you don't then no matter how awesome the activity you'll end up being distracted by the grating.