I think we can all agree that there are certain characteristics one looks for when choosing a partner, can we not? Some of those characteristics may come and go a little with age---for the latter half of the 1990s, my own personal list was amended to include "eyebrow piercing" and "knowledge of the oeuvre of Jim Morrison"---but the main things we look for in a mate rarely change, I think. I've always been drawn towards artsy boys, for instance, and in college I went through a short-lived phase of dating people whose last names began with H. (Although that was pretty much just coincidence, I think, and not a matter of me going up to men on the street and saying "You're nice-looking, but what's your last name? Smith, you say? Oh, forget it then, never mind.")
I'm not sure I've ever actually written this out---other than in my head, I mean---but here are a few things I think are important when selecting a person with whom you'd like to spend the rest of your life. Feel free to add your own. Also, probably best not to print this out and bring it to the bar.
* Sense of humor
* Propensity to look good in plaid
* Interest in reading books
* Some nice physical feature that prompts me to say "wow, I hope our kid gets his ______."
* Good manners (must be nice to waiters and the people who take your toll on the bridge)
* Ability to cook something, even if it's only one thing
* Mostly decent taste in music
* Good vocabulary
* Driving skills (please note: this has evolved since 1995 when it was simply "car")
Apparently I also should have added "ability to understand the Lost finale and also listen to me as I rail against it and announce my disappointment." That one came in handy last night.