I so want to be enchanted again.
Executive Summary: Divorced, healthy writer w/manners, experience and wit seeks woman w/same. Bonus points if you'll play tennis or sing with me. Double bonus if you name the source of my headline quote. :)
The Long Form: OK, I'm ready for my piece of happily ever after. I'm a single dad, and a happy one -- no 'scary ex' stories. I enjoy my own company, but I'm always open to meeting someone new, smart, funny ... and adventurous. I really do want to be enchanted again. To love and be loved. I want to play and enjoy life as a shared experience. Wake up every day and know someone's got my back. Give her the strength and courage of knowing I've got hers. Build it to last. I've had it all before, so I know it exists. But to find it again ...
About me: I'm a pro writer with a long, diverse resume in fiction and non-fiction. Who else do you know who's appeared on The History Channel and in Marvel Comics? :) But I define my work; it doesn't define me. And I'll never be accused of taking myself -- or anything -- too seriously. If you don't have fun in this life, you don't have anything at all.
I'm well-traveled and experienced. Seen the world as a journalist, public speaker and tourist; like where I am and who I am. I have nothing to prove, no one to impress. Love the opportunity to just be me and get to know you.
Things I enjoy: Long walks in big cities; exploring used bookstores; singing around my piano; searching for the perfect Mexican restaurant; touring the nation's ballparks; visiting historic landmarks and just soaking it all in.
I prefer lakes to beaches; the Beach Boys to the Beatles (by a nose -- Ringo's); Paul Simon to James Taylor; my teenaged son's games to professional sports; The Office (UK) to The Office (US); I'd rather cook than be cooked for; and I'm currently making my way through all the old movies I should have seen by now, but haven't. I've been saying this for years, but haven't got to it yet ... up next: The Godfather.
I should add: I love dining out, but I have a "fork theory." The more forks at a restaurant place setting, the smaller the portions, the higher the prices, the less I enjoy the experience. I guess I'm a one-forker at heart, but I'll accommodate two. When you start to see forks *above* the plate, that's when I bolt. :)
So. Desires ... I'd love to meet a spirited, active woman who's seen the world, likes what she sees, and who can bring her own laughs, travels, accomplishments and memories to the table and share them with me. Big bonus if she'll play tennis, too (finding a tennis partner is, frankly, tougher than finding a date!).
I play, coach and watch sports, so I'd love to meet someone who'll enjoy the same. I've got partial season tix to the Red Sox, and I like to get to the occasional Celtics game. Sports is just a hobby -- I do keep it in perspective -- but it's also a great shared experience.
I also like to play music (guitar and piano -- enough to be dangerous), and I'd love to meet a woman who's comfortable enough with herself to sing with me. The songs we grew up on -- you know all the words! Question is: Are you willing to actually sing them? (People who will sing in public are way tougher to find than tennis partners and dates.)
No hidden agenda here. Just looking to start a good conversation with someone who's in the same place in life that I am, and let's see where it takes us. And, gee, if you haven't seen The Godfather yet -- easy date!
Um, and no, I can't help you get an agent or publish that best-seller you've been writing secretly for years. I've got my own to write. :)
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
Door #1: We meet for coffee -- you say where. I'll take mine tall & black, please. Have what you'd like; my treat. Let's grab that quiet table by the window. Sit, talk, share. In under an hour, let's share our highlight reels. If you'd like to continue talking, then we can go for a meandering walk or make plans for a second date. If not -- no harm, no foul. Nice meeting you. I like people, and I always enjoy meeting someone new.
Door #2: We meet for a drink at your favorite pub (preferably one with windows). I'd love a Black & Tan, thanks (and if I have to explain what that is, then the pub probably doesn't have windows). Want an appetizer with that? Your choice; my treat. Let's grab that table in the corner, away from the bar and TV's (I don't need to keep up with the game, thanks). Same deal: Share two lives in under an hour. If you're happy, maybe we can go shoot some pool -- best three games out of five; loser buys. OK, OK, I'll buy regardless!
Door #3: Special warm-weather option -- we meet at a public tennis court, play a set or two, get a wonderful workout, then sit down on a bench, talk and maybe go for a cool-down walk. God, that'd be ideal at the end of one of these brutal workdays! Nothing I love more than playing with someone who runs my butt all over the court. Leave me breathless. Please.
Door #4: Your choice. I'm open to suggestions. What do you want to do? If it involves a needle and ink, I'm probably not your man. If it involves a big used bookstore, I'm onboard. :)