I'm originally from TO. Moved to Montreal 22 years ago so I kind of 'grew up' in Montreal. I recently spent 3 long winters in Mexico, started my own video business, taught English and ran a grassroots dog rescue. I came back because I realized going back and forth wasn't working for me. I felt 'homeless' and like I always had 'one foot out the door' in both places. It was hard to maintain relationships like that. In the end I had to choose and I chose Canada. I missed the smell of a pine forest. I used to do tons of camping but haven't been in years. My friends aren't into it. I would love to find a man who likes camping or hanging out near a lake in any kind of shelter.
I'm a plateau girl by nature, a little bohemian for lack of a better word.I ride my bike or walk almost everywhere. I'm more comfy in jeans than dresses, in bare feet than high heels. (don't own any, sorry) I would rather go on a picnic or eat at a funky little hole-in-the-wall ethnic place than go to the latest 'in' spot. I love nature and the city and would love to find a way to combine them in a perfect balance. My fantasy is to have a pied-a-terre on the plateau with a helicopter pad on the roof, go to a 5 a 7 in town, fly back to the lake to sit by the fire before turning in for the night,have my cup of tea of the dock before coming back to town to work. Lather, rinse & repeat. Did I mention that my fantasy includes a perfect, sunny and snowy 4-week long winter? I'm a water baby, although not a particularly strong swimmer, if left to my own devices, I'll spend hours floating and playing in water.
I'm a very independent person. I enjoy my own company. If it were summer, later today,I'd probably ride to the Marche Jean Talon to get some flowers for my garden and then take off on my own & ride over to the island and go for a swim. Swimming and cycling. Cycling and swimming. Two of my favorite activities.
As I said above, I'm a dog rescuer so it goes without saying, my retired Mexican street punk dog means the world to me. I know it's an online dating cliche, but with me, you really should love dogs.
They say you should talk about your taste in music. Okey dokey! I worked in 'top 40' for 15 years so I've got varied tastes. Anything with a guitar except for speed metal. I like alt.rock, blues and some jazz. Some of my favorites are Eels, Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello , Pete Yorn. I also love 60's rock, r & b and motown. I had a big rockabilly phase and it still makes me shake my hips. I even like some country, hip hop and classical music. I don't like anything too electronic although I did go through a 'trip hop' phase and have heard some house and drum and bass I like...introduce me.
Also, I hate to be a reformed smoker, so I won't block smokers from contacting me as occasional smoking isn't an issue, but if you smoke regularly I'm afraid we won't be a good match.
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
I want to make this really clear. I don't want to chat. I don't want to talk on the phone. I think that there is something terribly inorganic about this way of meeting so I prefer to try to make it as much like 'the real world' as possible, ie to meet in person right away. If you prefer chatting on here, or on msn or talking on the phone to just 'biting the bullet' and getting together for a low-key hour-long walk or coffee, that's your prerogative, but I'm NOT your girl. I'm a really big believer in chemistry.The best way I can explain this is that I feel like if you exchange many messages before meeting, it's like reading a book before you go to see the movie. You kind of 'fill in the blanks' yourself, create a character from the few written details you have: you create a voice, gestures, scent, etc . When you 'read the book' you might cast Tom Cruise as the main character in your mind's eye and then you go to the movie and they've got Leonardo Di Caprio playing the role. It's frustrating and disappointing and not because Leo isn't great. He is! He's just not Tom. I would rather meet you and let you 'fill in the blanks' yourself than try to guess at who you are. I should clarify that I'm not into 'serial dating' which I think is one of the pitfalls of internet dating. If we like each other, I'd prefer to hang out with you a few times, focus and get to know each other, than to meet a different guy every evening. That said, if you can't commit to a date for a first meeting, I will fill my calendar with other first meetings and I will keep going on first dates until I meet someone it clicks with enough to have a second date. I am serious about meeting 'the one'. So, up for a walk in the park? A cup of coffee?
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