First thing's first: show of hands if you also find it hilarious that the instructions for profiles often include tips such as not posting your address. Who needs that warning!? The sad thing is that...disclaimers are posted because people have been "bright" enough to do it.
Now that I've gotten my random vent for the day out of the way, let's get down to business. I tried to write this without a single cliche, but that is impossible, so I'm going to put them all out here: I'm caring, witty, sarcastic, intelligent and hard-working. Wow, now I see why you're not supposed to describe yourself like this, because it doesn't mean anything. I love my friends and family to death, and I would do anything for them. (Depending where you are on the hierarchy - there are some that I wouldn't take a bullet for, but I'd be down for a papercut.) I've been in the same field for nearly 13 years now but recently promoted for a more lucrative position, and I am one of those people who means it when they say they love what they do. My job is challenging and entertaining all at the same time. I do sometimes have crazy hours, but it's mostly a steady workload. I've recently been looking to buying a house and thus learning a lot of things about not being taken advantage of. I really am just a genuine, normal guy without the typical drama. It's my mission in life to be as drama-free as possible. So far, so good. I am a pretty relaxed and laid-back person. I can have fun doing just about anything as long as there is good conversation involved. I'm past the club scene, thank heavens.
As far as what I'm looking for, one of the top things is someone who can take my sense of humor. I can be downright sarcastic at times, and I never mean to offend (well, usually not), so someone who is too thin-skinned probably wouldn't click with me. Intelligence and an open mind are incredibly important, too, because anyone who thinks they've stopped learning and growing in life isn't really living it. I don't go out every night, so if that's your style, I give you kudos for the energy, but know that I wouldn't be there! I like someone who keeps it real -- tell the truth, because it's far better than if a lie comes out later. One of my pet peeves is someone who is unreliable. I don't need (or like) to schedule plans weeks in advance, but let's follow through with what we say we'll do! I give the same as I get, so I'd hope someone would expect these same things from me. Oh, and not to sound totally shallow (although we all are to some degree), I don't respond to emails from anyone who doesn't have at least one picture. I'm not saying it has to be the best picture in the world, but if it's totally blank, it makes me wonder what you're hiding.
If you find this at all interesting, I'd love to hear from you!
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
Lets do something quick and easy so that we can feel each other out. If things go good from there I like to make the follow up date unique and fun.