Let’s see if this thread will fly.
This is inspired by the SDMB Weight Loss Club, which has been so useful to so many of us. That series of threads has been so chock full of great ideas and loving support and ignorance fighting that it has made many of us thinner and healthier. In the past 19 months, I’ve lost more than 50 pounds, and can confidently say that I will double that loss. While I did most of the work on my own, the SDMB was vital to my efforts. I’ve added years to my life because of that thread series.
So why wouldn’t the same idea work for those of us who would like to lead more social lives?
This is not to be a thread about, as one Doper put it (paraphrased) how to “Distract drunk girls while you stick it to them.” It’s about how to increase your social network without benefit of formal introductions. It’s about having the sack to go up to a complete stranger and initiate a conversation and close the deal with a phone number or e-mail address. It’s about feeling comfortable in your own skin.
And it’s sort of a support group where we can hold each other accountable for taking control of our own social lives. It would be great to see people ring in with “I opened a two set today” or “I touched a stranger’s shoulder and she didn’t shoot me or call me a creep” or “I got a phone number!”
The tone of the thread should be positive and supportive.
The target audience of the thread is lonely men who have never been very good at meeting women. However, anyone seeking help or offering advice is welcome. Heterosexual men are not the only lonely people out there, as we all know.
So… good idea for a thread?