First, I want to extend my great thanks to all of you for your thoughtful responses!
Your advice was taken to heart. Well, except maybe the ones that said I should just get out while the getting was good. To quote reader Axel, “Go away from the light. My wife says, ‘Is that a light at the end of the tunnel, or a train?'”
And then there is Mike’s dire warning (in the comment below the Taking the Plunge post) about the sex addicts with multiple profiles.
*blond lemming feels faint, seriously reconsiders online dating*
But, like any good lemming looking for a cliff, I am moving forward with the online dating. At least for now. You never know when that cliff might suddenly appear.
To that end, I have incorporated your suggestions from the comments section below, and from my Facebook page. You may recognize the first paragraph from the profile I used years ago. I had removed it, but when Kathy suggested including my sense of humor, I added that first paragraph back in. I also mentioned the “Bipolar Kitty Test”. Heh.
Here it is: The Profile
(Headline:) Life is a wonderful adventure!
I have all my teeth, and can form complete sen…
That was a joke. Hello? Are you still there? Humor is important, but I want to make sure we’re a good match. Don’t you? Please read my profile before you write. There might be a test later. (kidding! a little)
Life is a wonderful adventure – there’s so much to see and do! And it’s so much richer when you have someone with whom to share it!
I’m fairly active, adventurous, curious, and spontaneous, but also like to plan. I’m kindhearted, honest, direct, and a bit of a health-nut. Except for a voracious sweet tooth, I eat fairly clean (no sodas, steaks, junk food, fast food, milk, or alcohol). I write for fun, and for profit. I dreamed of traveling the country in an RV and now I’m doing it. I still need to see a lot of places, like the The Largest Ball of Twine, The Biggest Frying Pan, and Hawaii, just to name a few. Then, I’d like to visit some tropical islands and Europe.
The relationship I’m looking for: Long-term, potentially leading to marriage. Can hug someone with your whole heart? Is your heart open and ready to love again? (If you’re not emotionally available to fall in love, please skip this profile. I’m not interested in just dating.)
In case you haven’t guessed, I’m a hopeless romantic. Taking the time to build a true friendship before starting a physical relationship makes for an incredibly intimate union. (That just won’t happen in three dates and a night of nookie.) Honesty builds trust, and mutual respect – all of which are key elements to a healthy, successful relationship. I believe in taking care of each other, being there for each other, being/having that special someone who is “in your corner”.
Qualities I have and am looking for in a lifemate: A single (not married – or separated!) man, who is also looking for a LTR/Marriage by building a friendship first. Intelligence, honesty, integrity, kindness, compassion, and affection are must-haves. An active, adventurous spirit, the desire and means to travel, a health-conscious lifestyle (healthy food choices and exercise), familiarity with the social graces (manners and personal hygiene are just the basics), into giving and receiving massage, spiritually/metaphysically oriented, open to trying meditation and/or practicing the Law of Attraction.
Things that make me swoon: Good manners, a gentlemen who opens my door, great conversation, emotional intimacy before physical intimacy, kind or romantic gestures.
Things that scare me: Getting lost at night in a strange town. Heights. The beginning of a serious relationship. Can you be my rock when I’m afraid? Can you be calmly reassuring and lend me your strength until I find mine again?
(Just so you know I’m not a total powder-puff, I drive a full-sized RV pulling a car around the country by myself. I can also operate a bobcat earthmover, and a chainsaw. I may also be a better shot than you. )
Things I enjoy: The beach, being out in the sun, traveling, chocolate, all animals, daily meditation, healthy living and eating, seeing and learning new things, exploring new places, neuroscience, museums, sailing, volunteering, tasting the world, spirituality, meditating and/or practicing the Law of Attraction with my significant other, being a kid at heart, being alive.
Please have a completed profile, feel we are a good match, and be within 100 miles of (location) before writing. A sincere, not cut and pasted, email is far more likely to get a reply than a one to two sentence note.
Should you make it to Phase Two, you will have to pass the Bipolar Kitty Test. *snicker* (more of that aforementioned humor)
I look forward to hearing from you! We’re here to enjoy life. Let’s do it together! Have a great day!
Ok, my dear Kernutties, what do you think?
What is the impression you get of “this person” when you read it?
What are your suggestions?
Next post, we will discuss and review photos. Oh, joy.
UPDATED: See comments for latest version, with some other suggestions incorporated.