Been single 5 1/2 years (widower), married 37 years, cancer ended that, have had a couple of extended monogamous relationships, still looking for that someone to share the good times ahead, looking for a permanent relationship, chemistry is very important. I'm a fairly successful university faculty member, enjoy playing with rocks (geologist), university life has been, and still is, ideal life for me. Nevertheless, I have gradually started easing back on my time spent at school, although probably will not retire for another 3 to 4 years. Have one child, he's married and lives far away, Ithaca, New York. Maintaining physical shape is important to me. I commonly bike 30 to 40 miles on weekends, that is, I believe I'm in reasonably good physical shape (doubt if I'll run any more marathons, but still jog). Definitely enjoy city life, gave up season tickets to the Opera, still have tickets to the Alley and Symphony, and although I enjoy these events, they are just not as enjoyable without a significant other. I am definitely a dog person, they are incredible loving animals, are great company. I am in awe when I see a sight-assisting dog doing its thing. Have enjoyed international travel, probably a dozen trips to Europe, many into the Caribbean, as well as around the US and Alaska desire to revisit some sites I really liked, but have a stronger desire to visit new places (to be discussed in person). Enjoy almost any type of food, most important is the companion on any of these trips, activities, dinners out. So, I'm looking for that woman to share with, to form a warm close relationship with, and, as I said above, chemistry is important. I love, respect, and in many ways am in awe of my son and his wife (a story there), and certainly would never do anything to damage in any way that close relationship (we e-mail essentially daily and talk regularly). I know that similar relationships are rightfully very important to most women, nevertheless, I am not seeking a relationship that centers around the grandkids, I am seeking a mature one-on-one relationship with a woman. That does not mean family is not important, just that it is not all-important. I want a relationship in which we have some independent interests, in which we respect and hopefully share aspects of these interests, and yet have and allow some space. Bringing different interests adds to the relationship. So if interested ….