In reality, I make friends incredibly easy - I exude all the personality traits that a friendly person should. I smile. I listen. I care. I make eye contact. I make incredibly lame jokes. Q: Why couldn't the bicycle move? - A: Because it was 'too tired'.... or Q: How much should a polar bear weigh? - A: Enough to break the ice.... (oh they are cliche and horrible)
But it is hard making friends in a city when you rarely leave the house except to workout or eat food - Signed up for volunteer work for PetsAliveAustin, but the orientation is not until tomorrow afternoon - Looked into Meals on Wheels but not enough to dedicate myself to it - I am looking into: reading circles, yoga classes, knitting classes, pole dancing classes, pottery - Also, I keep searching for a part-time job that allows me to create my own schedule (but *that* is proving to be completely impossible. I either have to quit modeling or find something to keep me occupied while Pat works his nine hour days)
Anyways - the other day, while perusing Twitter - I discovered a Tweet-up a few miles from my house! 100+ Austin-ites, uniting together through the Internet tubes, to drink beer and celebrate life! Whoo! Twitter, Twat, Twit-tastic! - Ha. Twitter Party Definition: Where everyone in the room must have conversations under 140 characters in length!
Invited Patrick and the roommates to attend the Tweet-up but they claimed it was going to be a geek-fest. "Come on, the only kind of people that attend things like that are the people who do not have friends.....They only leave their houses to workout and eat food" Selling point! Count me in! Ecstatic that I attended! Met so many wonderful local people from the twitter scene - a solar energy technician, an author, a lovely girl who works at the TV station, a few people who work at UT, a guy who lives completely off raw food, even a journalist who writes about plus-sized modeling attended - While I suck at names, I had a blast. Highly recommend that you check out your local get-togethers. Get out of your house, make some new friends, break into a new scene, promote yourself - Even snagged the name of a really talented editor here in Austin that might be able to help me approach writing a book. Life is good.
Photo Credit: Lee Saxon - New Orleans, Aug 2009