***Sorry, but I am not on Meet Me!***
An acquaintance once told me "I'm not looking for a woman I can live with; I'm looking for the one I can't live without."
Well, though I've no objection to dating for the pleasure of good company, most of me is still looking for the man who can't live without me... and without whom I can't live. We're not talking mutual suicidal tendencies here, we're talking about the stuff that makes life worth living, that brings joy and laughter and that wonderful feeling of having come home, at last, to safe harbor after all the storms. This is not to say I'm expecting Instant Love Affair -- just add internet and go -- I expect friendship, ease, common ground, and chemistry before thinking of anything more serious -- but I won't pretend I'm willing to "just settle" either. It doesn't have to be a live-in affair, but it does have to be something we're both equally committed to, whether it's short term or long. If you still haven't figured out what you want in life, good luck, but please look elsewhere. I'm not here to tame any wild stallions!
Note: I don't smoke, don't want to be around smoke. If you're courteous about your habit and it's not a constant thing, I can deal if you can. And if you haven't the patience or interest to read this profile, then you're not a man I'd be interested in. Also, sorry if this sounds demanding, but I am sick to death of beards, especially gray beards. They make men look old, ungroomed, primitive, and imply that you could care less if kissing you feels like a close encounter with sandpaper and a wire brush. (Yes, I know I'm blunt... :)
I'm a mostly easy-going, liberal lady with strong opinions you don't have to share, as long as you respect my right to them. (Well, actually, you *do* have to care about animals and the planet or I won't be able to be civil to you, but other stuff is generally not my concern...)
***Update: I hate politics but can no longer ignore them. If you are a Trump supporter please don't contact me. That would represent such a huge difference in outlook, priorities, and basic beliefs that we wouldn't stand a chance of getting along.***
I love animals and have a "family" of indoor cats. Would love, for starters, to find someone local who'd enjoy conversation, a mild hike, a movie, whatever. I love music, especially 60's & 70's pop, folk and British Invasion... many vocalists, some classics, New Age, World... to name the stuff I listen to most. Rap is NOT music and hip-hop makes my teeth hurt.
The biggest sources of pleasure in my life, aside from my cats, are photography, reading, travel when I can manage it, and hang-gliding. I haven't flown in some time due to an injury but I look forward to flying again. I loved my family, but they're gone.
Aside from that, I'm bright, lively, have a good sense of humor and a tolerant attitude about any lifestyle that doesn't hurt anyone. I'm not conventional, not religious, not Southern (California transplant), and believe in being who I am without apology. I'm open to some degree of change, but at this age, I'm also pretty sure about who and what I am and what I value. I'm kind, honest, easy to talk to and straightforward. I enjoyed role-playing at Renaissance Faires, but in real life, I won't pretend to fit in just to make other people feel complacent. I'm a very nice person, but I'm also a rebel and I stand up for what I think and feel.
A few caveats: I've never had human children and don't regret it. However, this makes it difficult at times to relate to people my own age; their lives are often wrapped up in their families, and since I don't share their experience, it cuts away a lot of common ground. I'm looking for a relationship where my partner and I can come first in each others' lives: if your world revolves around your kids, I applaud you as a parent, but we wouldn't work out as a couple. Same goes if you can't accept that I love my cats as most people love their kids: You can come first but you can't replace them. Also, what there is of my spirituality is "new age", based on the world's oldest religions: if bible study and churchgoing are significant factors in your life, again, we're not a match.
I believe firmly in escapism and stories with happy endings, because why focus on all the things that go wrong in life when you're trying to relax? I believe in fixing what I can and looking for the things that can make me smile whenever possible. I don't do goals, plans, resolutions; never been wired that way -- I live day to day, but with a sense of healthy caution. I like making other people smile too, and I think most things are more fun when I have a partner to share them.
I miss home (California) with a passion, but I bought a house here in Georgia and barring a lottery win, I'm here to stay. Hopefully I'll meet someone who agrees that looks really matter, but without chemistry, humor, intelligence, honesty and a warm heart, looks aren't enough. Even with all of the above, if we don't make each other laugh and the communication doesn't flow like a river, no real friendship or relationship is going to happen either. I've spent a lifetime dreaming of the perfect love. I'm no longer even sure there is such a thing, but I've learned that friendship, laughter and caring go a long ways toward making the sun shine every day, and that kind of friendship is what I'm looking for before I even think of anything beyond it. After all, if you can't be friends, how can you be lovers?
My ideal man - in addition to being clean shaven, slim and in good shape - is also bright, kind, sensitive, honest, compassionate and never gives his word if he doesn't plan to keep it. He's good with words: expressive, witty, dry-humored, able to make me laugh even if I'm feeling down! His eyes have a smile in them, his mind is wide-open, intelligent, unconventional; he's sensual more than just sexual.
He's also old-fashioned, enjoys the courtesies between ladies and gentlemen rather than being scared off by the extremes of women's lib. He's easy-going but has real integrity, respects a woman as an equal and enjoys her company as a friend and companion, rather than having an agenda about what should be happening on some imagined schedule. (Translation: I'm not interested in quick/casual sex!!!)
He believes in himself without being stuck on himself; is tolerant of others' quirks and can see the world from other perspectives than his own; genuinely cares about animals and believes they matter at least as much as humans; cares about the planet we're living on, and recognizes that the world is full of beauty and mysteries to explore even if you never leave your back yard (though I would love to have someone to travel with too!)
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
A first date can be anything that allows easy conversation in a public place -- tea at a cafe, dinner at a quiet restaurant, a walk in Coolidge Park. The important thing is to get acquainted and see if we're comfortable with each other! Then perhaps a second date could include doing something we both enjoy -- hiking, a concert or movie or art festival... By the way, I'm not on Meet Me, so you'd have to message me.
Pardon me for adding this, but -- for those who prefer it spelled out -- this means that a first date does *not* include anything under the heading of "passion". That's not an appropriate beginning for any genuine friendship, and I have no interest in casual sex or a return to high school's focus on making out instead of making friends. Heck, if I did -- and if you do -- what would we want with a dating service? Any bar in any town would solve that problem in one night! I believe that chemistry, on the rare occasions it happens, is a wonderful, exciting thing, and I want to find it -- but a little patience won't kill it.