I would still consider myself new to the west coast having moved here about 2 years ago. I feel much more at home in California than I have elsewhere and still feel like I'm in a honeymoon period with this city.
I work with animals on a daily basis and that love is a big part of who I am; while its not a prereq, men who adore their pets start on an automatic positive with me.
As buzzfeed warns you, I have replaced the enthusiasm I had for bars in my twenties with a mild obsession with my workouts and have found myself discussing the merits of the side plank much to the misery of my coworkers. I have pretty minimal natural athletic ability but I like to think I make up for it in my blind faith in my ability.
I would like to meet someone who is in a similar place in their life; fairly settled in their career and past the temporary furniture phase. I gravitate to people who have a more blunt, less romanticized way of interacting. Hard to explain, but I would skip profiles with the phrases "living life to the fullest" or "I'm looking for a girl who is equally comfortable in jeans and evening wear". I tend to deal with most situations with humor and like guys who feel comfortable being silly around me.
As for a first date, no big expectations; just want to meet someone who is as interested in getting to know me as I am them.