Introduce yourself with a little pertinent info and maybe a recent photo.

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oh, anybody in NJ (or anywhere), we have a atheist group that meets regularly. its lots of fun! come join us! click the link to take a look: Madison Atheists

Well Hello Everyone,

My name is Laura (and it's not an alias, that's my actual honest name)

Here is a regular picture of me on a day I was just lounging around the house. I thought an average picture would be more suitable than one covered in make-up, with my hair down... seeing me as myself is a bit more important I would think. No illusions to deal with that way, but you can tell me :)

Well, I was raised non-theistic. I have 7 brothers (1 younger, 5 older, and an older step-brother).

I arrived on this planet on July 16th, a Sunday... and I daresay the ball of dirt we call Earth hasn't been quite the same since. (Okay, perhaps that is a gross over-exagerration)

 

But about me- I am very outgoing, I love being outside nearly as much as I love reading, writing, and music. I am usually in a great mood, unless I'm bored, something I can't stand. I am self-confident, and at times a perfectionist. I am horrible with small-talk, and attempting to be a more open person in general (I can be terribly private, despite my outgoing nature).

 

I have a rather dry sense of humor, but I do love to laugh. I've been told I have a very 'old-soul' type of personality. I tend to find little in common with people who are in my age range, unless they also have an intellectual nature to rival my own. I'm not nearly as green as I am young, I've experienced a lot of life in my near 22 years.

 

I suppose it's typical to go on about a love of long walks on the beach, and reading Verlaine by firelight. But in all honesty, I'm not that cliche... and I believe I deserve something more original.

 

I grew up with my nose in a book, and my feet firmly planted on a skateboard... I enjoy mountain climbing, while at the same time I can spend a few hours thoroughly absorbed with World of Warcraft. I'm not complex, I'm simply me... and what that means can vary, I can never be described by a stereo-type, and those around me will seldom suffer boredom.

 

I enjoy books, music, and good conversation above just about anything. I work with computers... specializing in Apple-Macintosh, but I have long term ambitions that have next to nothing to do with the IT field.

 

Hoping to get some feedback, and if nothing else... make some great friends.

That is nice. It would help to post a picture of your whole body which would reveal how fat or thin and how tall you are.  

You're right, I've never done the whole 'internet single scene' thing, wasn't really thinking.

Okay, I will try and get an updated one soon, in the meantime... here is one from winter w/ a couple friends. I am the one in the brown jacket, holding the Beatles hat.

 

I'm 5'7"

Green eyes (they reflect blue some days)

Reddish hair.

And yes, over-weight... something I dislike, but I'm not whiny about it. It's up to me to change that fact after all. Just means I need to spend more time at the gym, lol. I already eat decent. I'm nearly exclusively vegetarian.(once every couple months, I might indulge in a fish taco, or a reuben... those are still weak points for me)

 

 

 

Thanks for the tip though Michael, I'll keep it in mind when I post pictures later.

You body mass index is a little greather than mine.  I know this because I'm a little bit skinnier than average, but the difference doesn't look big enough to make a difference.
Michael:  I understand that while appearance is not everything, it's also not quite nothing; and I understand being straightforward; but there are also such things as tact and subtlety and not making it seem as though appearance were all that mattered to you.  I'm sure it isn't, but you're making it seem as though it matters more than anything else.

I have to agree, though... I'd like to think he didn't actually mean to come across as if it truly was his sole focus, but then again, perhaps that's just my inability to truly take offense to something in print. It's hard to know a stranger's meaning, and I'm definitely not a mind reader :)

 

But in future, I would encourage Michael to re-read and look a little more closely at how his responses might come off... if not to worry about how he might offend others, to worry about how he is presenting himself as an individual.

I'm leaning towards Asperger's Syndrome or something along those lines, myself.  I'm not sure Michael is aware of how offensive many of his word choices are.  I'm hoping that repetition may help him out with that somewhat, such as my analysis of his personals profile, in another thread somewhere around here.

 

Even if he doesn't understand why it's offensive, he can pick up the patterns eventually, perhaps.  He's definitely not stupid, despite his social issues.

What did I say that was so terrible?  So, I asked to see a picture of a girl who probably will never meet me in person, so it was a waste of my time to ask.  So, I'm on a bowling league sponsored by the columbus young professions club, and women there will be seen and everyone will know how fat or skinny they are.  Nu, and online women can hide themselves so nobody knows how fat they are, and we are supposed to just politely pretend a person's weight doesn't matter.  And I work at a grocery store and all covers of the women's magazines at the checkout lanes all say things like "loose 12 pounds in 2 weeks... never mind that the max. amount of weight you can loose ina day is 7-8 ounces and if you loose any more you will be dehydrated or damage your muscles.  So, on ok cupid or a dating website, why should I risk conversing with a girl for awhile only to find out she weighs too much, why not just get the weight out of the way right away so I know whether the woman is ok or whether I should move on to someone else?  And you know what else? My mother is obese, 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 x my weight, and any girl who is too fat, I'll just think she is too similar to my mother.  You can't date your mother.

If you're looking for a girl who is fit and active, then fine.  The problem that everyone is trying to get you to understand is that the way you say things is insulting and will drive off many women who would meet your criteria.
There is probably a nicer way to say this. I'm just saying. You sound like an asshole when you talk like that.

I like your picture; it's very pretty.  Cute dog.

 

Ooh, and a Mac person, too!  Bonus!

 

So what are your long-term ambitions?

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