Originally Posted by Redsfaithful
I think my issue is that I have family, and I have a few deep attachments/friends, but I don't have the casual after work get a beer thing I think a lot of people have. Possibly (probably?) that's overrated.
You've got me thinking about it again.
"You say you hate your job. There's a support group for that, it's called everybody. We meet at the bar." - Drew Carey.
If you want to get a beer, get a beer. I've cultivated a number of "locals" over the years: the Silver Spur, Chances, the Little Shamrock, Terry's Lodge, the Gold Cane and the Blarney Stone. I love dive bars, and not in some patronizing, ironic way. Dive bars are refuges from digital corporate banality and have some great people -- and a quite a few hopeless drunks.
Or you could join a pool league. Don't know how well you play but if they have a handicapping system, like mine does, they want low-skill players.