I've been widowed since 2003, raised my kids myself (and with help from family) since they were 10 and 12. They are now both in their 20's - my son is an engineer, and my daughter is finishing up her first 4 years of college.
I have a pretty good job, but I'm ready for something else to occupy my days, so I may retire in 2016 and work part time closer to home so that I'll have more time to enjoy life.
Music has been my hobby and avocation almost all my life. I've played Rock, R&B, Jazz and Country at one time or another. I suppose I'll try to stay involved in music one way or another, as long as it's fun and doesn't take up all my time.
I love walks and hikes... bike rides, too, although I don't really like the sitting part. In general I like the result of traveling (being at a destination) better than the traveling part itself, unless it involves spectacular vistas and/or scenery. There are plenty of places that I haven't been, but would like to. But regardless of how extensive my travels wind up being, one thing for sure is that I want to stay active as long as possible.
I changed my personality type to "Animal Lover", because it's true. I love my dog and cat. They can be a pain, but they are worth it. :-)
First date is really just an "introduction" to the person behind the email and profile... a time to talk, have some laughs over coffee or whatever. After that, both can decide whether there is enough interest to meet again.