I've been in the DC area for just over four years now. Prior to moving here, I bounced around every 3-4 years: Los Angeles, the Boston area, the SF Bay area, and Connecticut.
I'm an unabashed progressive of the early 20th century evidence-based institutional reform type. Policy work has been important to me for many years. But, I'm not militant about it. It is important to me that I date somebody who cares about the world around her, but as long as she can defend her beliefs, they do not need to be the same as mine.
I'm not easy to put in a box. I love learning and engaging intellectually with people and ideas, so I consider myself a bit of a nerd. Yet, I'm also down for watching baseball or college football, or going kayaking or hiking.
That said, I'm going to choose--being a counselor, of sorts, to my friends. I'm always willing to listen and offer advice, sympathy, consolation, etc., as needed.
Movies: Dr. Strangelove, High Fidelity, Pan's Labyrinth
TV Shows: How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, Scrubs, The West Wing, Buffy, Firefly
Music: The Shins, Santana, Franz Ferdinand, Simon and Garfunkel (a strange, strange mix... I know).
1) My supportive family (most of whom are not actually related to me, more on that later)
2) Intellectual engagement
3) A cause/something to feel good about completing
4) A degree of uncertainty about my life/an unfinished project
5) Something to sing about, or at least dance about
6) Good coffee (my only real addiction)
You are looking for a relationship that could last, but you are not going to force something to work just because "you have to be with somebody."
You are going to say more than "hi." (Note: "Hey" is not more than "hi" simply because it has more letters.)