I grew up in the 60s and 70s playing board games with my dad and friends and card games with my grandmother. (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/30477
) Games fell off the radar in the 80s and 90s but I'm happily back.
Growing up my favorites were two-player abstracts. I'm still drawn to them but my gameplay has expanded over the years. I like a good co-op (Pandemic) and worker placement/limited resource games (Terra Mystica; PowerGrid).
My wife grew up in a family of Chess champions and is very picky on what games she'll play with me.
I'm a long-time thrift store junkie but have only found a very few games worth buying. Still, there's always hope...
I have a weekly group of more hard-core gaming friends for the deeper games while my wife and I get together with friends once a month or so for dinner and lighter-weight games.