The question on the mind of most guys and gals as they embark on a first (blind) date is some form of “What’s he/she really like?” It’s certainly on my mind as I go to meet a woman for the first time, knowing only a few facts about her. So what am I really like?
I could tell you that I’m a pilot, a photographer and a lawyer, but that doesn’t tell you much about what I’m like. I could be a terrible pilot, an even worse photographer and a mean or incompetent lawyer. I could give you my basic demographics – 6ft, 195lbs, early 50’s, Caucasian male, no police record, born and raised a Texan. Fills in a couple blanks, I realize, but doesn’t say much about my personality. I could also provide you the usual laundry list of fun and fabulous activities in which I, like most other guys, regularly engage in the hopes of attracting attention — such as bungee jumping from a crop-duster, lion taming with a swizzle stick, or karaoke at Carnegie Hall. But as impressive as those activities are, they don’t convey much about my personality or my ability to be a good first date (let alone a good second or third date).
Perhaps if I told you what kind of princess charming I am searching for, that would tell you something about what I’m like. So, I could list all the fine and fantastic qualities I hope my princess charming will have – she is smart, sassy, self-assured, sensitive, single, sporty, spontaneous, sure-footed, sensible, and somewhere early 30’s to early 40’s. But really, what would that say about me? Nothing much except that I have laughably high expectations and a fondness for alliteration. And in any event, making such a list sounds a lot like writing out a shopping list and I don’t like shopping lists, even when I’m headed to Safeway or Costco. I guess that’s why I always forget at least one thing and have to make a second trip. But I drive a non-Prius electric car (I keep a spare just in case), so making multiple trips to the store doesn’t really contribute to global warming, except the utility company may have to pollute the environment to make the electricity for my car, so I guess I’m partly to blame for that, but I usually remember 3 or 4 new things to get on the second trip so it’s not really a wasted trip, and there’s always a need to go to Petco because my dogs consume so much food, but alas I digress. Now back to the subject at hand.
So instead of all that, let me offer for the next woman who happens to be thinking about meeting me on a first date some accurate information that might be useful to her in answering the aforementioned question. I will list a few principles which I use as a general guide on how I approach people and life, something similar to “Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handy”, only not as demented.
Perhaps this may provide some help in answering the “What’s he really like?” or “Is this the kind of guy I want to be stuck with over a two hour dinner?” question. Perhaps we already have some common ground. So here it is . . . .
1) Find the humor in any situation or person, no matter how grim or dull
2) Take your work, but not yourself, seriously
3) Be grateful for what you have, and thankful for what you do not
4) Treat everyone with sincerity and respect, but don’t take you-know-what from anybody
5) Be curious about all things, large medium and small and never stop learning something new
6) Everyone is trying to stay “one step ahead” – better to be three or four instead
7) Find compromise and pick your battles wisely, or you’ll end up fighting all your life
8) Avoid the extremes in all things, too much of anything is not a good thing (there are one or two exceptions we can discuss)
9) You learn about people by listening to them, you don’t learn when you’re talking
10) If you want the finer things in life, then work hard so you can afford them, but leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy them
And above all,
Make time to search out the great places in this Great Big World, places such as (these are photographs taken from our VIP)…The Grand Canyon at sunset, a changing symphony of light and shadows and color
Haleakala at sunrise, from the Pacific’s Mt. Olympus, above the clouds and the entire world
Monument Valley shrouded in clouds, appearing as it did millions of years ago
A hot air balloon festival, an endless colorful parade taking flight in the crisp morning air to the cheers of thousands
Cloud surfing on an ethereal blanket that scarcely conceals the earth below
Sunrise on the Dardanelles, floating between two continents, each rich with its own history and culture
If you have read this and you are wondering if you might qualify as a match for our VIP, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. I have personally spent considerable time with our client and can attest to the fact that he is a genuinely warm, funny, quick witted, man who is truly a gentleman through and through. He’s masculine, chivalrous, successful, upbeat, and has made a nice home for himself in the Bay Area. The missing piece is the right match. Are you that girl? Email me if we’ve sparked your curiosity!