In D.C., most of my social circle was directly or indirectly:
- from college, or
- from one of my two jobs.
Of my close D.C. friends, I can literally think of only one exception.
In New Hampshire, I like my colleagues, for sure, and have gotten close to a couple of them, but it is less of a family, which has both pros and cons. And there's only one college friend close by (plus two more a little further afield) with whom I interact regularly.
So, where do my friends here come from?
So far, I've found them:
- in bars
- in class
- in my bowling league
- when they started dating my existing friends
- working on that play I still need to tell you about
- at summer camp
- through online dating*
- and, yes, at work.
Day 17 of my month of gratitude: I am thankful for people who wander into my life and make it richer — and for each new opportunity to find them.
*I should add that online dating has so far yielded few amazing friends but close to no romantic prospects over years of doing it. I am told that "through friends" is also a good way to meet romantic prospects; so far, the yield by that method has been similar to online dating.