I grew up a rural farm kid with a simple life. I love all things Minnesota - yes, even in winter, or when the team loses the big game. My parents still live on the hobby farm where I grew up. I was in 4-H, have helped give birth to farm animals - as well as butcher them for meat. Pretty much a Gen-Xer or a child of the 80s.
I chose my profession because I love it and am very good at it - money isn't an issue. I have little need for expensive toys since I have several friends who already have them and appreciate my company. I own my own place, my own car, a gym membership, and plenty of books and games to keep my mind occupied. This may seem a bit freaky, but - I have never owned a video game system. Ever. I think even my parents have three of them.
My Ex and I found out she couldn't have kids about ten years into our marriage - something about a drug complication from an Epilepsy medication. We divorced amicably in 2010. My two brothers have plenty of kids - nine nieces and nephews in total.
I want someone who snuggles around the bonfire, crushes my hand on the haunted hayride, and spends time with me more than one weekend a month. I love the Winter Carnival, State Fair, any roller coaster ever made, and an Iced Mocha coffee on a -24 degree January morning is a perfectly logical choice in my eyes. Ask for a decent backyard fireworks display, and I can fix you up good.
How does matching specific points on a list equal compatibility or chemistry? I don't think it does. I don't want a 'Match' - frankly, I think the world can barely handle having just one of me around. The key isn't the list - it's the ability to tolerate and enjoy and endure experiences with that other person.
My impression of online dating is that far too many treat it like a video game - if it's not going the direction you want, hit the 'reset button. Again. I want someone who has learned to treasure the gifts they are given, not toss them aside for the next wrapped present under the tree.
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
My basic goal - to have a pleasant time and a kiss and smile goodbye.
Long term goal - to wake up next to someone every Saturday morning.