For some reason, to talk to someone I don't know I need someone I do know there to act as a bridge. For instance, that's how I got involved with the Poker crowd.
Daniel and Tanya were going oversea's so they had a going away party. I knew a few other's there, like Tim, and some of the Toowoomba folk, so I was comfortable with situation. So I got to know, superficially at least, Will and Tom. That was about September 2000.
September 2001 Daniel and Tanya are back in the country for three weeks, and they have a homecoming/going away party, and again I run into Tom and Will and some of the others.
Tom, Will and I were the last to leave that event, at approximately eight o'clock the next morning, after the sun was already up. Will invited me to Poker, which usually happens at his place every Wednesday night, and that's how I became involved with them.
Every time there must be a link between me and the new person, otherwise I get frightened off.
And I've been doing it again on Live Journal.
I looked at my friends list on LJ and there were three people there. Stephen (paradigmshifty), Maggie (maelwaedd) and Amaya (illidrinn). Three people I already know!
However, all is not lost.
A random stranger (the_metatron) added me as a friend in his Live Journal, so it sort of pushed me to do something about it. I've added him to my friends (Hi) and another guy I came across who looked interesting (Hi Adam) and I've joined a few communities that look interesting.
So, perhaps I am salvageable.