I am: mostly extroverted, a foodie, sweet, stubborn, often cynically optimistic (if that's possible), and loyal. I'm Italian at heart (and most proud of the culinary aspects of my heritage). I think I have a good sense of humor, but sometimes I'm the only one laughing.
I love to cook and travel, and I do both as often as possible, but not nearly enough.
I have little interest in traditional gender roles.
I respect people who run or swim or go to the gym, because I am trying to be one of them. I've been playing soccer in a rec league, and I love it more now than when I was a kid. It's a way to run around that's not boring like the treadmill. But I don't take it all that seriously (hard to when your team never wins :)
In a partner, I think I'm often comfortable with a "secret-extrovert" -- someone who may not be the first to open themselves up to the crowd, but once comfortable, they can become the life of the party - at least a dinner party. I find someone who likes to analyze behavior and is attuned to the subtext of a situation very attractive. If you regularly find yourself hypothesizing about what motivates other people to act the way they do, we'll have lots to talk about.
You are probably also affectionate, intellectually curious, honest, funny, self-directed, passionate about what you do, and comfortable in your own skin. Of course, as I typed that I realized: who doesn't want all that?
I am very attracted to someone who thinks creatively about and then joyously dons their Halloween costume, and I admire this immensely because I am uncomfortable wearing costumes.
I have pretty stridently held social and political views. I think society is structured in ways that privilege some and deny others. I think we should all be doing something, even if just by our vote and our general posture on the issues, to change this.
I make movies (mostly as an editor) for work, and I'm regularly hatching ideas for my own big projects. Someday soon I'll embark on making a dream movie.
Movies: 70s American classics (Coppola, Scorcese, Bonnie and Clyde, Midnight Cowboy, etc.); Wong Kar Wai's movies, The Sweet Hereafter, Cohen Bros, PT Anderson...
Books: 100 Years of Solitude is an all time favorite. Recently read The Ask and liked it. Currently working my way through Blood Meridian. It's bleak.
Update: left Blood Meridian in a hotel room. Gotta buy a new one to get back to that dark, hateful place. Now I'm in the middle of Americanah, which is wonderful.
Going to the bar for drinks. Maybe getting up to NYC to see people there.
Oh, and I'll admit, I think the judicious use of emoticons is totally great. It prevents tonal confusion :)