Answering the Questions
All dating sites want you to answer standard questions about yourself. Height, body type, hair and eye color, astrological sign, ethnicity age, location and religious preference are the basics. It's pointless to lie about most of these, but some of them begged to be fudged. On the POF drop down menu, you can be slim, athletic, average, a few extra pounds, Big and Tall (BBW) or you can prefer not to say.
I picked "athletic" although I would go with "muscular" if it was available. Actually, I would go with "irresistibly sexy" if I could. If you have to select "average" or "a few extra pounds" go ahead, but these categories can mean anything. In Southern California, where I live, a few extra pounds means your anorexia has become less obvious. In Louisiana, it means you can sit on the sofa without a leg busting off of it.
The Big and Tall (BBW) category is for the unashamedly fluffy, but it contains its hidden traps nonetheless. There is no opportunity to be Big and Short, for example. A BBW is a Big Beautiful Woman. You can't just be a BW, even though we know they're out there. Likewise, you can't be a Big Beautiful Man. You're just a fat guy.
POF also wants to know your vices. You can drink or do drugs not at all, socially, or frequently. If you do indulge, check "socially," even if you have not spent a day completely sober since Jimmy Carter was President or you can roll a joint while driving a stick shift and talking on your cell phone. Seriously. If you weren't so stoned I wouldn't even have to tell you this.
People want to know if you like dogs or cats, or have same. Religion is also important. I am not religious, except for occasional attendance at the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and a sometime flirtation with Dudeism, and it is bad for me to be involved with people who are, because whenever they express a religious belief to me, I treat it as a lazy slow curve that needs to be knocked out of the park. People don't like having their cherished beliefs treated this way, so if they say on their profile that one of the most important things in their life is their relationship with Jesus, you'd better have a relationship with Him, too, otherwise it's not going to work out. Plus it means you're both willing to wait forever to have sex, which I am not. I was once emailed by a woman whose religious beliefs meant that not only did she expect to have but one husband in this world, but when they were reunited in the next they would continue to be married FOR ALL ETERNITY.
I was married for two years. It seemed like an eternity. I did not answer that email.