I tried something new. A coworker recently checked on a singles group for our county, and within a couple days, I mentioned to her that I really want to meet new people. I don't want to meet new people because "my old people" are not great, but just because I want to include new friends and find people with new interests. I told her that I'm not looking for a romance, but just friends, both male and female. If something comes of it, fine, and if not, fine. So she gave me the name to contact for the group.
I made a call and talked to a very nice lady who gave me a quick review of the kind of things the group does .... concerts, pot lucks, dinners out, concerts, dancing, etc. That sounded good to me, so I gave her my information for contact and notification.
Tonight was one such event. The group was going to dinner at a place I've been before, but not for a while. I decided I would join them. My friend/coworker couldn't go tonight so I was on my own.
I drove to the restaurant, about 20-25 miles from home. I arrived and was greeted by the lady I had spoken with on the phone, who then introduced me to the small group of about 10. Interestingly, I knew two of the people. One has been an attendee at another group at which I am a regular. The second was the son of one of the hospice patients who passed away a while back.
The dinner was wonderful. It was "Cantina Night," so our menu was somewhat limited, burgers and kabobs with a few other things, but the food is always excellent at this place. And the company was great. I really enjoyed talking with everyone. I didn't have a chance to explore every person, but was able to talk at length with about half the group.The group appeared to be mostly 50s and 60s, so I was right at home. I ended up at a table with another retired psychotherapist and the son of the late patient, and we had a good time together.
The restaurant is located on a farm. The owner is big on "natural" and "organic" and looks for new thing to try. She offers many of the healthier foods, such as bison, antelope, elk, and home grown vegetables. I was very happy that we were seated on the outside porch for several reasons: it was cooler; it was quieter than the inside seating; it was just a lovely evening; and we got experience the animals of the farm. We had rain today, so it cooled things off nicely. The restaurant is in the country, and the owner grows many of the offerings, both hoofed and rooted varieties. While we dined, there were dogs and cats, geese, ducks and chickens, and even some peacocks wandering the grounds, cackling, honking and calling to each other! What fun!! Occasionally the wind brought a bit of a "barnyard aroma", but it was faint, and believe it or not it was not unpleasant! I know, you just think I'm weird now! What--ever!!!
I had a really good time. I will go back. The group does not seem to be focused on dating at all, but on fellowship and friendship. I really like that. I will admit that a couple of the men made me feel attractive again, something I haven't experienced in a while. It's important for my ego, I will admit. I'm glad I mentioned to my coworker that I was ready to make another change and reach out into other groups for making friends! We'll see how it goes!