Important information: I'm a widow. I don't have an "ex"; I had a happy marriage of over 25 years, which was abruptly cut short by my husband's sudden heart attack and stroke, in July 2010. One thing you need to know about me is that he will always be a part of me, even if the best new relationship in the world comes along. If you can't deal with that, you can go away now.
Still here? OK.
What other things are important to know about me? Well, I really like music, classical music in particular. I have already ordered my season tickets for the Baltimore Symphony for next season. I play the saxophone in several community bands, and am the music librarian for one of them. I do a little arranging/writing of concert band music, too. I like being a versatile "utility saxophone" - I get chances to play the soprano, alto, and tenor reasonably often, as well as the bari that you see in many of the photos. I would love to have someone special to come listen to our concerts, and if you do some sort of performing arts, I'd happily do the same for you.
Things I like to do: go to military band concerts in the area around the District; eat inexpensive meals out (Panera Bread, Chicken Out!, and my local diner, the Double TT, are pretty much my favorites, but lunch specials at Thai and Vietnamese restaurants are also on my list); go to museums occasionally (I like all sorts of museums, but natural history museums are my favorite) - maybe even day trips up to NYC by bus or train, to go to museums there, since my best gal pal has a phobia of NY and refuses to do that with me. I used to ride a motorcycle; had to sell it because of health concerns (if you've ever ridden, you know that the question of "when it's time" to stop varies from person to person, but everyone should recognize his or her limits eventually.) I still have all my gear, though, so I'm ready if you have a bike! I like live theater, and I like jazz (although I find the most random far edges of the jazz genre to be rather difficult to listen to) and would go to more of those kind of performances if I had someone to go with. I like to cook dinner occasionally, but it's a pain to bother for one person. Someone to eat with would mean I could cook up a curry or some chili or my famous-amongst-those-who-know-me baked macaroni and cheese, and not have to eat leftovers of the same thing all week long.
Things I'm *willing* to do in the spirit of mutual companionship: go to baseball games, car races, dog or cat shows, go to other types of concerts besides classical. I can tolerate very limited amounts of opera.
I like board games. I'm not particularly good at them, but I enjoy them. I'm an adequate Scrabble player, and I know the secret to speeding up a Monopoly game so that it can be finished in only one evening. Adequate at Trivial Pursuit but weak in the movies/TV/sports areas.
Things I refuse to go to: any sort of fighting/wrestling/martial arts. Roller-coasters or other thrill-rides (but I do love going to the state fair, even if I don't ride the rides on the midway!). Things involving parachutes. Casinos - no interest whatsoever in any of the gambling establishments currently sprouting up all over MD.
Things I'm hopeless at, so if that's what you're looking for, alas, I'm no help: cards - I can barely play gin rummy and have never been able to understand bridge, or poker, or canasta - or Mah Jongg, for that matter. I can't dance. Hiking - I have trouble walking more than 200 feet or so without stopping to rest. Discussions of why exercise *won't* help that would wait till we're talking. Sorry, no long walks on the beach.
What else? I have pets - a cat, an elderly rabbit, two guinea pigs. That's the fewest pets I've had in years; I do miss having chinchillas and hedgehogs, but there's a limit to what I can take care of alone compared to when there were two of us to do all the cleaning. I sold my house in 2012 and bought a condo, and the smaller amount of space limits pets, as well. It also means that I have way too much stuff, which I am still sorting through and slowing pruning down to what fits. I'll probably always own more books than the average bear, but I've reduced them from previous levels.
I read science fiction, murder mysteries, humor, popular science, liberal political thought, and about 40 magazines a month.
A quick word about distances: I spent 24 years living in Texas, where notions of distance are quite different. At one point, from where we were living, in Austin, to where we had band rehearsal, in Austin, was 37 miles. I still have that same sense that anything that takes less than an hour to get to is local (as long as I can find a parking space at the end of it). Arlington, VA is about the outer edge of my "local" area at the moment; the District is local IF there's parking.