*** I have determined that you can tell almost nothing about someone from this site, and #2: I have a suspicion that the plethora of moron guys is ruining most women's experience for the rest of us. I am using another dating site and due to requiring more thought to be used for a more complete/believable profile, it is a much better fit for me. So, if you like what you see/read, you can find me over there as Galway13.***
Here is my baseline POF resume: I have a college degree, a good job that is a career, I don't have photos taken of myself standing in front of a mirror with my shirt off, I can hold a conversation that incorporates any topic, from sports, to politics, to current events, I respect woman and seek strong minded, educated women that have their own career, interests, and friends (does this make me a guy feminist? Perhaps.),and finally I am honest, sometimes bluntly so, a product of being raised in Boston.
What I am looking for is a true partner. Of course, this is a complicated description that is far too long-winded for a profile. But in brief summary: someone who I share interests, passions, and goals with. My interests I will include below. Passion starts from attraction and here I can be somewhat specific bc it seems I get "interested" notifications from those that don't come close to fitting the bill. Being active and in shape is important to me and always will be until I'm six feet under, and I need that in a partner. I am about 175lbs, athletically in-shape, and its not bc of a miracle of genetics. I work at it. I eat 90% very healthy, but I do that so that I feel zero guilt for enjoying the infrequent burgers/pizza and the more frequent micro/craft beers. I think its a good balance and conforms to my open-minded philosophy of nothing in excess, good or bad, but try everything. So, I look for women who physically fit with me as well as mentally. The goals: creating a life together, buying a house, sharing our interests, passions, and friends/family, planning trips around the world, and supporting each other unequivocally through the trials and tribulations of life.
So, about me... Born in Boston, schooled there as well. When I was not in school, most of that childhood was spent in Galway, Ireland. This informed a somewhat unique perspective to my life. I detest materialism and egregious consumerism or keeping up with the Jones. I will never live in suburbia. The Boston side of me fits into every cliche you have heard about an "east coaster." I am opinionated, blunt, irrationally passionate about my sports teams (although this has mellowed since 2004), very stubborn... but also very loyal, grounded, say what I mean and I do what I say. Nobody has ever said I am not in touch with my emotions and communication is second nature. I have a wry, sarcastic sense of humor and am quick witted that sometimes can turn into a sharp tongue. All of the above can be both good or bad or a mixed bag depending on the type of person you are.
My interests: I used to surf 5-6 times a week when I lived down in SD for the last ten years. That has been severely curtailed since I moved up to LA in the last year (due to the areas lack of quality surf). Moved to Venice in Feb, and just started in a volleyball meetup. I would like to try stand up paddleboarding. I was an athlete all my life, so anything with a ball I can play well. That means I'll be finding time to rediscover my game in tennis, golf, and basketball among other sports. Being able to share some of these activities with a partner would be great. As for non-sports, I'm a film buff, depend on music as the soundtrack of my life and am constantly exploring new artists and going to see them (KCRW!), and read almost constantly, from the NYT every day to whatever current novel I am on. I also listen to NPR constantly (due to all the driving) and it keeps me informed on a huge variety of topics/issues.
Some random stuff: I am very open-minded and social but like my quiet time (thanks Dad!) and I am also extremely neat and detest clutter (thanks Mom, kind of...). I am also the owner/dad of the world's cutest rescue puppy who also happens to be extremely sweet and loving.
The pictures I have on here are just ok, obviously not headshots; I will work on getting some more, but they show the essential details: blue eyes, white teeth, etc, but if you want to more, just ask.
Finally, don't be shy about contacting me. That's not to say I will respond when I don't think there is a match or attraction. Believe me, it happens to me too. That's life, don't take it personally, move on. But don't let it hold you back either! Good luck with your time on here, and don't let the vast swath of douchy, creepy guys (as related to me by my female friends) drag you down. The internet lets people behave in a manner they wouldn't dream of acting like if their Mom was privy to everything they said or wrote. But I can assure you, what you see is what you get with me. No meeting will be weird or awkward. I can hold a conversation with anybody and I will at least be somewhat entertaining and strangely interesting...
Let's change this to a first meeting, b/c there is less pressure when it's two complete strangers to have a first meeting rather than a first date. Let's be honest, even after reading someones profile, exchanging a text/email or two, and talking on the phone, neither party has any idea about that person, and more to the point, if there is any attraction. So keep it simple at the first meeting.
That being said... a casual drink, happy hour, a stroll along the beach after work... if you also have a dog, we can take our dogs for a walk or bring them to a park. Something easy, no pressure. If we both feel a connection on some level, then we can get excited about a first date!