Okay, my biggest challenge at the moment is making friends at age 50 when I live in a town where I know no one. And it doesn’t help that my “weekends” fall on Mondays and Tuesdays. That makes socializing complicated at best. I’m also rather shy.
I have a very outgoing friend who never met a stranger. So I asked him for some advice on the subject. He says making friends is like fly fishing. You have to cast your fly upon the waters about a hundred times before you get a hit. It’s really a numbers game.
So friends are like trout. I get it. But how do I catch one? He says men in particular come in two types. The ones that are aggressive and actively hunting (and I don’t think I’d like that type much at all), and the ones that will come part way, but won’t take the final step without some kind of a signal because they’ve been burned before. So you have to meet them part way.
The way he suggests I do that is have a business card, and if I feel a connection with someone I should give them my card, and they can decide whether or not to get in touch. He said that I should order 250 of them and give them all out. As timid as I am, I’ll be lucky to give out 10, but nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
Here’s where you come in, dear reader. I need your advice. What do I put on this card to grab their attention? Here are some ideas:
Simply my name and e-mail. Or should I get creative and include something like:
- I love pithy commentary, bad puns, and dry humor.
- My dogs love me. And they’re great judges of character. Really. They are.
- Did we just have a moment? Because it kind of felt like we had a moment. Hope you’ll be in touch! (This one might be weird if I were to give it to a potential female friend, though.)
- I’m new to Seattle, and don’t know anyone. You seem nice. Just sayin’.
Any other suggestions? I’m open to them.
Or I could just cut right to the chase and say “Hello, sailor!”
Nah. Probably not.
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