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 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.
My idea of a perfect date would be meeting for happy hour, or a nice quiet dinner. I prefer places that are public, but not loud and intrusive. Being outside, preferably on a patio is perfect!
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.