Stability. I've got a stable job, I'm levelheaded, I think before I act, and measure twice before I cut. I'm rational, and that translates to no big surprises, no drama, and no bullshit. In essence: what you see is what you get. No surprises.
Affection. I am an affectionate person. You like cuddling? Great. So do I. You have a cat? Great. I like cats, and I would love to pet it. You have a dog? Great. I like dogs, and would love to pet it. You have a goldfish? Great... but I'm not going to pet it. On the flip side of that coin, I realize that you are well established in your life, and what you probably don't want is somebody doting on you, pressuring you, and making you feel like you can't take a single step without them asking what you're doing. You need space? So do I. I have hobbies now, and they don't include you. Would I love to show you my hobbies? You bet your ass. Do I want you ALWAYS up in my space while I'm doing the things I used to do, and enjoy, all by myself? I doubt it. I'm sure you feel the same way.
No bullshit. Let's face it: you've got better things to do than beat around the bush. So do I. No drama, no bullshit, and no time wasting. You want to know if we're compatible and can build a future together? So do I. I don't want to talk to you for a week or two on OkCupid, only to realize you have no actual interest of meeting up for a drink. Or, we talk, and then you disappear. Worse yet, we meet up, and then you disappear. We're adults. Let's act like it. If you're not feeling it, say so. You're not going to hurt my feelings. I don't need you to justify my ego. I'm a big boy, and I can take you telling me that you don't think we're a good match. Likewise, I'm not going to tell you that I think you're the cat's meow and then stop talking to you. That mentality carries over into other aspects of life, for what it's worth.
A future. If my past is any indication of where I will be in the future, you'd better buckle in. I spent almost a year homeless (there's something to ask me about over drinks), and less than 5 years later: I'm making nearly six figures. Is money everything? Hell no. Is proving that you've got what it takes to succeed, even in the light of personal tragedy everything? I'd like to think it's a damn good start.
Intelligent conversation. I'm educated, and in tune with my surroundings. I have a vast wealth of knowledge, and I am happy to share it (or, if you prefer, keep it to myself). If I don't know about something that you do, chances are I'll ask you to tell me more... so I can have a more intelligent conversation later.
Honesty and openness. Open communication. Let's talk. Curious about something? Ask. You'll get a full, honest answer. Just remember... you asked. ;)
Empathy. You had a bad day? It's ok. We all do, sometimes. I'll be happy to listen to you, and no, I won't always offer advice. Sometimes you just need to get it all out. Hey, I feel you there.
Oh, and I'll remove your mom's viruses from her computer. I promise, she'll love me.
Now... what can you do for me?