I prefer to meet friends, hang out, and see where things go. I believe that friendship must be made first and if there is chemistry, things will naturally fall into place.
I have a great work ethic and am looking for someone with the same. I have the ability to put in my 8 hours, and then walk away from my work. I prefer someone who is able to separate professional from personal life.
Above everything, I am family oriented. I love my kids and they are #1 in my life. I have 2 adult children and 2 children still at home. Their happiness is my top priority. I have a terrific sense of humor, which is required in all aspects of life, simply to survive. I think my sense of humor is an asset not only in my relationships, but it also comes in handy in dealing with my kids! I am faithful, trustworthy, affectionate, respectful, kind, and tend to be very nurturing.
My favorite things in the world all seem to start with the letter S: Sun, sand, surf, sea, saltwater, sunsets, sail, seashells... and even steak and sushi! I love the outdoors. Nothing makes me happier than to spend the day on a boat fishing, then a nice relaxing dinner with a magnificent sunset as the backdrop to a wonderful evening.
I am pretty good at spotting scams... Please don't contact me if you have ulterior motives or money on your mind. I am a real, sincere and honest person. I have a lot of love to offer, but you won't get a penny from my bank account!
My ideal first date would come only after getting to know each other preliminarily through emails, texts, and phone calls. The thought of spending the evening with someone that I feel I hardly know, only to find out there is no chemistry is more than a bit intimidating to me. I thnk it is important to at least form a friendship before heading straight into the first date.
After all the preliminary stuff, my idea of a perfect date would be a nice quiet dinner, and then perhaps hanging at a local pub or sports bar where each person can feel free to express thoughts and aspirations and get to know the other without the distraction of a lot of background interference.
If sparks fly, I think the the dates following the first are more important than the first. I think first dates even at best are, a bit stressful. I think the real "perfect" dates come later in the relationship, once attraction, chemistry, and connections have been established.