(/b) IT'S A GOOD DAY IF YOU'RE STILL STANDING AND A GREAT ONE IF YOU'RE SMILING
When I behold, upon the night's starr'd face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance.
I always try to be delightful. I would hope that most times I succeed, and although occasionally (I always aspire to make those circumstances as infrequent as possible) I run across some who would dispute that, the effort is generally there.
I have had a pretty wonderful, diversified, varied and interesting life. My friend Jack assures me I am one of a handful of fun people. Now that I find myself in a senior age group, I aspire to meet someone who will enhance my life (as I will hers) and with whom we can inspire each other to kick our lives back to the elation, adventure and amazement of years past.
Based upon my own personal forensic analysis of the results obtained from the "Meet me" feature, I have determined that it is deeply flawed. Accordingly, should you contact me in that manner, it is highly doubtful you wll receive a reply. My intent is to reply to all of you who are kind enough to contact me BY EMAIL. Occasionally I fail to do so. To those to whom I neglect to respond, I apologize. Query: Wouldn't this be a more pleasant experience if everyone to whom we write responded (even if it were merely a polite declination)?
When a physician asks me if I'm allergic to anything, I generally reply, "Nasty people, sexists and racists."
First and foremost, let me say that my worldview involves not intruding in others' lives unless the result will be a positive one (Provided, of course, another doesn't intrude on my life or those of my friends or those unable to answer for themselves. In that case the gloves will come off and I will be assertive. (I learned that behavior from watching many "Bugs Bunny" cartoons and admiring his restraint.))
Are you on the fringes of the bell curve of life or do you prefer to hang out in the boring, bulging, average middle? If the latter, please remain in your staid, sterile compartment. In the sixties free spirits were numerous and exciting. Now we/they are rare and precious. I'm very fit, non-traditional (which appears to be problematic for some) and semi-retired.
I prefer: literature to best-sellers; dancing (unlike most men, after the first two months I'll still drag you out dancing and probably even bring you flowers prior to tripping the light fantastic) to dining; the golden rule to other forms of social interaction; working out regularly (at the gym 5 or 6 days a week) to allowing my belly to protrude over my belt; honesty to mendacity (a subset of the golden rule); foreign films to the ennui of normal Hollywood fare: politics to the left rather than the right; and substance to style. I'm down-to-earth, unpretentious and communicative with a highly-developed female side (so I'm told). Oh, and fun and witty (I'm also told). Most peoples' pets seem to find me utterly charming.
In trying to be "One of the Good Guys", I concentrate on being very conscious and conscientious about how I treat my fellow human beings, the creatures of the earth (Yes, I do love and respect animals (and plants, too)) and the earth itself. I consider myself to be a "gentle soul", and unless intruded upon, try to insure that my impact on others is, hopefully, positive (see above). My perception is the pursuit of learning and integrity are among the highest ideals.
Bonus points if you: (1) understand that a gentleman is measured by how he treats others, both male and female; (2) aren't attached to your cell phone as if by an umbilical cord; and (3) comprehend how hazardous SUV's are to the earth's future. I spent most of my adult life in Oregon and struggle to understand the self-absorption of South Florida.
If you've read this far and you are still interested, feel free to take a break and catch your breath. Then come on back and spend some more time with me.
The person I'd like to meet? I'm glad you asked. In case you haven't guessed I'm very concerned with how you think (or if you think or just follow the company line), how you treat others and what you've learned on your journey. Unfortunately, along with 98% of men I am afflicted with the male visual gene and I prefer the company of a slender and/or toned woman. I would like to meet someone who shares some of the same interests, views and values I mentioned above. However, if you; are enthused with pop culture; read The Enquirer; are a Boca type with attendant values; think that Danielle Steele (sp.?) is a great author; are excited with sitting in a spendy, trendy, pretentious restaurant across from a guy who is regaling you with details about the toys he has and the ones he is thinking of buying, I doubt you'd find me suitable . I try to be very aware of women's issues. Although I am cognizant that women have made great strides toward equality in my lifetime, there still exists a particular vulnerability which women must confront (fortunately, because it is probably responsible for many of the charms inherent in femininity) and all of us should recognize. Isn't it sad to see how females have been verbally abused during this political year? Unfortunately, I find that when I peruse these profiles I discover that many women seem more concerned with what a man can do for them rather than what we can do to enhance each other's lives.
I will not ask/force/pressure someone to do things/attend events for which she has no desire or passion.
PS: As is apparent, I am addicted to parentheses. Are you aware of where I can obtain help for this problem?
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
A perfect first date: Brilliant, witty banter and conversation, knowing and vivid smiles, flashing eyes, more than a hint of romance, a hint of sensuality and, perhaps a brush of the lips alluding to future passion. Obviously, the surroundings are immaterial to the exchange of the essence of who we are as individuals.