I don't expect "love at first sight," but I definitely would never run away from an instant connection either. Relationships are a combination of dedication, loyalty and natural attraction. I need to feel comfortable enough around my partner to be my complete, silly self. This includes both parties having the ability to communicate effectively, even in difficult situations, which involves being conscious of what you say and how it is perceived. I'm no Jedi-master with this, but I'm always trying to be aware and expand my capabilities.
I'm a big dog lover (like so many in Portland) and a canine companion is an instant plus. I'm yet to meet one that doesn't lighten up any situation.
Sometimes I'm a gentleman. Sometimes I'm a ridiculously immature comedian. Some may call this schizophrenic. I'm just looking for someone who can put up with it, possibly finds it funny, and shares similar values.