I'm a writer at heart. Not a very good one, mind you, but someone who creates fictions to compensate for the dull memoir material. For a job, I'm currently a graduate student who is pursuing a PhD in biomedical sciences, hopefully to investigate breast cancer.
I would turn my back on science in a heartbeat if I ever wrote a bestseller novel, but then again, I'd give up the writing if I was certain I could find a break through for cancer.
I'd like to meet someone who laughs at vulgar jokes, but smirks coyly at a well performed pun. Someone who is creative, whatever that outlet be it writing, art, music, or nude public Jewish Breakdancing. Someone who is unconventional. Granted, at this point, everyone is unique as individual snowflakes, blah blah blah, but I think that normality is overrated. But strangely enough, I think excessive uniqueness is also overrated.
I'm a pretty normal guy myself. It's not like I ruminating intensely over political intrigue while drinking brandy in between bouts of volunteer service in Darfur. I can be a snob about certain things at times (soy milk, music, etc).
Ultimately, my opinion of people, as well as things that I watch, read, and listen to, is that you cannot take yourself too seriously, self-importance is hard for me to deal with, yet at the same time, there has to be something that lasts after the laughter is gone - something that will persist.
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
First date is probably some neutral demilitarized zone like Starbucks or Satellite. This way, if the date goes south very quickly, we can shake hands, declare it an honest good try, take our London Fogs or Black Velvets and get the hell out.
There's going to be a lot of talking on the first date regardless to figure out what kind of individual we both are. I contemplated using a 3x5 index card, writing all my faults on it, and then just giving it to the other person and see if they wanna play ball or not. Then again, that may be awkwardly forward of me, but then again - again, I'm kind of a straight forward person.