Meeting people

I have the worst time meeting people. I'm sure it has NOTHING to do with not really going anywhere. I said NOTHING... don't look behind that curtain. In order to meet people you have to go where people are. Not only that you have to go where people are and where people want to meet other people. Where is that? Bar? Boring! Church? Oh, I just don't know what to say...

I'm at a loss. I'm not a single and so all of those venues are out. I don't play WoW or Fantasy Football so those are out too. I haven't played DnD for 15 years now and even then I only did it because the company I kept.

I'd love to meet some people to talk about art, music, cooking, poetry, language, romance, books, good movies, etc. There has to be a club for that somewhere right? There are probably thousands. Newsgroups and chat rooms and message boards.

I crave human contact though. Just talking to someone you're sitting next to. Hearing someone's voice in response to yours. Typing and chatting over the internet lacks something. In order to get your emotions across you have to go over the top. Either you have to use all kinds of keywords or emoticons or you have to invest in using some sort of avatar. Too much work when you could simply sit next to someone and give them a wink or a nudge or smile.

Don't get me wrong. I'm a geek. I love the internet and computers. But I have to have something else keeping me going and that something else has to keep me up and moving. Sitting chatting is doing nothing for my health or my sanity right now.