I was raised by a woman who took herself from foster care to a masters program and was an established professional and managed her own business professionally. She set a high standard in my mind by not depending on men for support or to define her goals and needs, and I prefer to be with a woman whose drive and accomplishments I admire.
I learned a lot about myself from travel and I tend to gravitate towards people who have spent serious time abroad - even better if its part of their heritage (Immigrant friendly). Purebred local Americans tend to have a very narrow and entitled view of how the world works which I find stifling.
My background is fairly liberal and I lean towards NPR - however I don't get along well with people for whom argument and winning are primary values. Evangelism and intellectual intolerance are a major turn off for me.
* A good street bicycle. It gives me mad range in the bay, when my car would just be in the way.
* My nearly complete collection of Apple hardware.
* The Republican party/Tea party. They are absolutely hilarious. (esp. on the Daily Show.)
You should like your life.
You don't have or want kids. sorry, this is non-negotiable. I am a good person but not really motivated to fill the role of father.
Your own opinion is more important to you than the opinion of your friends and family.