I'm also very interested in touchstones to the past, which is why I like looking around at flea markets and thrift stores and have been from time to time involved with trying to help save historic buildings. Although I don't do it as often as I'd like, I enjoy hiking and camping a lot and would like to add more of that to my life. There are lots of other interests--some of which I pursue more actively than others and some of which still connect me to my inner nerd.
I'm close to my family and a group of friends. I definitely prefer human-to-human interaction over TV, videogames, Facebook, etc.
In my career and my life in general I have tended to follow the things about which I'm passionate. So, while there hasn't been an overarching plan, really, somehow I ended up having very wonderful experiences.
What I hope for in a partner is I guess what many people want, friendship, companionship, stimulating conversation, but most of all someone with whom I have a shared understanding of the world. Someone who might look at life and be willing to explore it from the same--or at least similar-quirky angle.