So the following is what PoF suggests you write about in order "to be successful and not waste your time".
1. Talk about your hobbies.
2. Talk about your goals/aspirations
3. Talk about youself and what makes you unique.
4. Your taste in music.
The only one of these that might tell something about someone's values is No. 2. And it seems mostly to elicit responses that include "I want to spend more time travelling and with family." Maybe this makes for good conversations between acquaintances in an airport waiting to leave on separate flights but this shallow repartee is hardly the sort of "news" it takes to build a LTR. No.'s 1, 3 and 4 are are about interests and what difference does it make if you both share an intense interest in playing tiddlywinks. And I already know that your tastes in music are "eclectic" except for not liking rap. Frankly, entering a response as to religion tells me more about your values as to community than all the other stuff about "what makes you unique." I believe the reason so many profiles don't include religion is that it might cut down on the number of "hits"; hits which in the long run don't lead to a LTR since the hit isn't based on values but on interests. So for what it's worth here's my shallow response to PoF's suggestions. If you want to know about my values we'll have to have a conversation.
Normal, low maintenance, love to travel, went to
Spain this spring , love to eat good food, love to bicycle, dance, and hike the mountain trails, meditation and yoga (just starting) help me relax, love all types of dancing...Love to hike the mountains or brave the waves,
Spanish road maps and Spanish menus, enjoy rereading The Zohar and discussing (arguing?) about its meaning; history, philosophy, Faulkner, Barth, Sartre, Maimonides, Roth --I'll try anything at least once
Travel and more travel, climbing Pico de Veleta (11, 300 ft),Roman ruins, mosques, cathedrales, synagogas, la playa de Marbella. Trying to get a group to rent a villa with pool in Dalmatia or las Alpujarras 2008
Favorite hot spots:
Arcos de la Fronterra Parador- sherry, garlic roll, hor d'oeuvres, a chilled bowl of ajo blanco with dessert apple slices and tiny raisins, tender veal with artichoke hearts, Spanish beer, and crepes with banana, chocolate, almonds, w lemon ice cream
As to what's happening in my life..... I know it isn't going to improve the Universe but one of my goals is to travel to Argentina, enjoy the ecology and learn to tango. It's more fun to travel with a friend but I'm gregarious enough to make an amigo o amiga when I get there. I'll edit this later. I've been delinquent in my obligations to the Red Cross for months so I have to get out the door before they stop calling and come to drag me in. (I don't think they'll spill too much blood to get me in for a donation. I mean, they wouldn't want to waste any.)Actually, I just got back from 3 weeks in India and Nepal and I've been told I can't donate for a year since I've come from regions with malaria.
I am smart, kind, and have a passport
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
It really depends on the rapport established in first communication. I'd like to do something outdoors. Hike in the Shenandoah Valley or just a walk around the Harbor. A public place is good for first contact but aren't you sick of Starbuck's coffee?