I grew up in a little Old South town where the important people in town were the people who could trace their lineage back to before the Civil War. I was not one of them. In fact, I moved there in 1989 and lived there until 2000, obviously because that was where my father found work. Because of the culture in the area, we were never accepted, not really. My parents weren't invited to any of the nice parties, my father never got a promotion, and my mother couldn't sell any paintings despite her talent because we weren't "kin to anyone". I was pretty well ostracized in school, partly because of that and partly because of behavioral problems, to the point that I was the kid the losers in class made fun of. Good times. Well, I don't live there anymore, and I went to counseling for the behavioral stuff years ago, and time heals all injuries, so none of the stuff I listed really matters anymore. But the fact that I spent my life from age 6 to age 18 effectively all by myself has had one major, lasting effect, in that everything I like to do are things that I do by myself. Biking, workshopping, programming, gaming, fixing my car -- I mean, they can be done in groups, but there's not much interaction to speak of, so they can't really be considered group activities. As such, I've lived in Northern VA for two and a half years now, and the people I know are the people who live on my block and the people who work in my office. That makes about twenty people, two of whom are my age and neither of whom are terribly interested in anything I like to do. So here's my question: How does one go about building a social life completely from scratch, with effectively no common interests to share with people? I mean, I'm friendly enough, I get along well with most types of people, but I just don't know where to find anyone to hang out with, short of walking up to random people on the street, which never has the intended effect. I'm sick of being lonely all the time, but I quite literally don't know how to stop.