Short of that, it'd be nice to find someone to go to the movies, or dinner, or hiking with, some shared activity. It's a drag going to the ball by yourself.
I suffer the relational curse of being an actual decent chap. I tend to resist being pushed, but can be schmoozed with ease.
I'm retired and free to budget my own time now and work around another's schedule if necessary.
I'm pretty good at back and foot massage, coaxing a smile, speaking a word of encouragement, should that interest you. Also, I've recently noticed an odd ability to recognize bit actors as they appear in newer roles. Talk about useless skills, geez.
Books: Dreamy Programming Algorithms, the King James Guide to Databases. Just kidding. I can't read.
Food: I like Mexican the best. All else is also good.