Last year, I lost my wife and best friend of 16 years to a sudden brain hemorrhage. First marriage ended in divorce after 27 years. Relationships, be they intimates or friends, are really important to me, and at some point I want more of that.
I have a 25 year old daughter, and 2 stepsons, 44 and 38, all of whom now live locally. Actually, my daughter has literally just relocated back from New York City, and is living with me while she gets resettled here.
I am optimist at heart and have a good sense of humor. I love physical contact and am told I'm a great hugger. I like being physically active, playing handball 3 times a week, and doing power walks on at least three more days.
I had a professional career in banking/financial services, from which I'm now retired, but I have the need to stay relevant, and am now working for a non-profit assisting seniors whose finances leave them vulnerable to losing their homes.
What am I seeking: since I had such a wonderful relationship, I obviously would hope my partner would share many of the qualities that I've come to value. But that leaves plenty of room for the uniqueness of a special person to win my heart on their own merits.
What's important to me:
Enduring friendships have always been the highest priority for me, particularly since my family of origin was pretty dysfunctional [and my parents died while I was still a teenager.] Of course my wife was by far my best friend.
As a type 1 diabetic of 46 years, I've always placed a high value on exercise [and good blood sugar control] as a way to keep me as healthy as possible.
I've been fortunate to have been able to do a fair amount of travel, and want to do more [though I must say that the hassles of flying have become a real downer].
Due to my upbringing, I readily admit to have had lots of therapy as an adult, and feel good that it has "taken." I'm both a logical and feeling person, and I like that mix.