So many people are looking for a long-term relationship.
What is long term anyway? When you're 56 (or any age) long term can be 1 day, 1 year or 1 decade. Being realistic, many 'my age' are gone. Luther Vandross, Laura Branigan, Barry White, Rick James, Maurice Gibb, John Ritter. (If you don't know who those people are, you will after you speak to me.) So one has to enjoy each day, one at a time. Age is relative. Attitude is everything. Some in their 20s are 'old'... some in the 80s are young. (For the younger reader, I have NO age envy. I wouldn't trade ages with anyone younger.)
Instead of people seeking 'long-term' relationships, the choice should be 'high-quality' relationships. We only have the time we have. Let's make the best of it.
Long-term is built one day at a time. Maybe it will last. 50% of the time it doesn't.
About me: Low maintenance; focused on profession; DOG LOVER. Not your 'typical' guy. (very comfortable, and glad, of that)(I'm NOT the 'corporate' type. Content in being alone (with my wonderful, loving, well-balanced dog)(You can tell a lot about a person by their dog.) Have camera will travel. Better in English than math. Creative. I don't mind driving, as long as it's not rush hour. I love airplanes, but I've given up flying. (Don't want to be told to change my T-shirt, or that the girl with me is dressed to 'hot' to get on-board.) Besides, airports have become the 'bus terminal' of the new millennium. I'd rather listen to the opera broadcast on Saturday afternoon than watch college football. I can, and will, discuss music or roll sushi. I don't really care if someone reads and deletes a note from me, without sending a reply. I know quality connections are few-and-far-between. You can't get a 'YES' unless your willing to risk a 'NO THANKS'. I know that few will 'get' moi. (That's why dogs are great. They don't judge. They just love and accept you for you.)
About you: Should have a great sense of humor (you'll need it). (I'm not serious most of the time.) Non-smoking, wine-loving individual. Smart (NO KIDDING). Not into BS. A real person. Opinion oriented. I'm secure enough to value your opinions (and admit I'm not always perfect). Understanding. Thoughtful. Somewhat knowledgeable about history. Not the jealous type. Most of all, trustworthy. (I'll think of some more.)
(Thanks for the 'view'.)
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
I'm not looking for someone to take care of me when I'm old (I'm already 'old' to many). I AM just possibly looking for some to share a great bottle of wine with, over a nice dinner. Maybe some to hang out with on a fall/winter day (or night). If we hit it off, great. If not, it'll still be an excellent experience.
The 'date'. We'll talk about it. Your input is important. That being said, a rendezvous should be casual, informal and low pressure. A quiet place with a bottle of wine (red... Cab) would be my choice. Meeting should never be on a Friday or Saturday (amateur nights).
I'll give it more thought and I'll let you know. (Saturday day would be alright, I suppose.)