What are the qualities you require a person to have before considering a relationship with them? (employment, education, a pulse, etc.)
What qualities will you NOT accept? (unemployment, illiteracy, room temperature liver, etc.)
(Both questions should be related to what you consider 'show stoppers'.)
With the exception of Austin, yea, Texas really is that religious. Outing yourself there would be social suicide.
I speak not as a Texan, but have visited on numerous occasions and am from that "general" region of the country. (Kansas)
Austin is a bit of an exception because of the 'Versity (as they say there), but even there you have to be careful who you're talking to.
I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and know exactly what you mean. What I've seen and experience in GA is nothing short of tragic. I am by no means a flag-flying atheist or an outspoken religious critic, however, I believe the Southern culture needs greater emphasis on humanism and critical thinking. The current state of affairs is truly sad, for lack of a better term.
Thanks for your post.
I hope to find someone who:
-Is intelligent, and possesses some intellectual curiosity.
-Is educated, though it need not be a formal education.
-Loves animals, and has compassion for people as well, AND would even be willing to do volunteer work once in a while.
-Is a non-theist.
-Is open-minded, though not to the point of lacking strong opinions or convictions.
-Enjoys learning and experiencing new things.
-Is physically attractive to me.
I am avoiding people who:
-Are willfully ignorant.
-Believe women are inferior.
-Are either too distant or too clingy. (It's hard to find that balance oftentimes.)
-Are theists, though I suppose that is linked to willful ignorance. :D
What does this cover? In general principle, I like animals. Puppies are fun, despite the flesh wounds, and I get along fine with cats.
However, I'm too OCD to have one in my house. I run a low-maintenance life, and pets don't fit into that picture. Children are worth the extra cleanup, but pets are not.