Igor: "Pub trivia, bowl, church, play cards, softball, dog park, have a beer with the neighbors."
Pub trivia and playing cards can be fun but have not worked well for me. They are sedentary and require a group of friends willing to meet at the same location and schedule, which I've never been able to work out.
I do enjoy some bowling and softball because they are more active. But they aren't a great cardio workout and leagues and playing on a regular basis have not interested me, I guess because they get too boring and would cause injuries (bowling repetitive stress). Volleyball, tennis, golf, biking and hiking are more enjoyable to me and have helped me make friends.
Dog park, and beer with neighbors are out. I don't own a dog and have never been much of a beer drinker. Most of my neighbors aren't sociable with me.
Church groups have given me mixed results. Some fun times but some boring or painfully awful experiences with the Bible beaters who tend to be far right Republicans who want to argue creationism over evolution with me, and tell me how great Rick Santorum and Scott Walker are.
rabble wrote:Neighbors, friends, neighborhood orgs, fellow hobbyists, family, volunteer, internet porn.
Neighbors, neighborhood orgs - again, you must be someone with better neighbors than me. My neighbors keep to themselves mostly and I'm lucky if they will say Hi to me.
Fellow hobbyists - I don't have the time for many hobbys but have had some luck meeting friends with the few hobbys I enjoy.
Volunteer - just don't have the time and energy for that. I like to relax and have fun on weekends, or do chores like cleaning and shopping. Not do more work for no pay.
Friends - if I had a lot of friends I wouldn't need meetups. Madison has always seemed like a difficult place to make friends, maybe it's me but I like to not think so. The not liking beer, bars, and church groups seems to big strikes against me, since that seems to be a lot of what social life in WI revolves around.
Family - yes relatives are good especially on Holidays.