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Making Friends and Dating in Madison, WI at Age 32

Hi all, I've gone through previous questions relating to live in Madison, and it looks like I'm far from the first person to feel like it's super hard to make friends or find dates here at age 32. Before I give up and move, which I am very much considering, I want to know if there are options I've overlooked as far as meeting people goes. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Sep 12, 2014 - 15 answers

How is chammistry formed?

Do you have any tips on how to behave on early dates to increase romantic chemistry? [more inside]
posted by Mr C on Mar 19, 2014 - 29 answers

How to take online dating slowly?

I'm a bisexual woman in my 20s, and I started online dating in January. I moved to a new country so I am totally content with meeting new people and learning more about the city through them. I also really enjoy just talking to new people in general without any expectations, but I wonder if can do something better so I can actually have something romantic? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Dating with PTSD - And Tell Me Cutting Off This "Friend" Was Right

I've got PTSD and am socially isolated in graduate school. I met a hot guy, and had to friend-dump him because he's in a long distance relationship. Tell me I did this right! [more inside]
posted by cheberet on Jan 28, 2014 - 21 answers

Deciding if to turn a "breakup" into a friendship

Someone who I bonded with decided we had no spark, but wants to be friends. I am having trouble dealing with being rejected and my lowered self-esteem from the rejection but I feel like he is such a special person that I want to keep him as a friend. We had an intense online relationship for three months and dated for less than 2 weeks. Reading all these posts on MetaFilter has really helped me deal better with my breakup, but I still feel a inner turmoil about how I should handle my own situation. I don't feel that I trust my judgment so...here I am. Help on the matter is appreciated or just some advice or words would help me get through this. [more inside]
posted by LadyAerin on Oct 26, 2013 - 45 answers

How to get out of this?

For the last 6 months, I have been involved in and online "thing". I think it's time to cut this off. Most effective way? [more inside]
posted by sabina_r on Sep 3, 2013 - 14 answers

Fantasy online romance

Few months back, I started talking to someone online that I have never met. Things developed from there and now all our conversations revolve around our feelings for each other. I am happy to keep this as a fantasy. Am I still going to get hurt here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2013 - 10 answers

Hiding chronic illness from people

I have been living with chronic illness for around 10 years now. I am only able to work part time, but I look completely healthy on the outside. Nobody apart from my family knows about it. I hide it for many reasons but unfortunately this makes it unable to get really close to anyone. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2013 - 20 answers

Girlfriend met a guy on dating site. This isn't settling well with me.

My girlfriend, who is lonely, used a dating site to make a "friend" which I'm having difficulty coping with. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 14, 2013 - 81 answers

meant friendship or something else?

opinion please! [more inside]
posted by MiuMiu on Jun 9, 2013 - 51 answers

Help me, I'd like to have a social life.

I'm on the brink of 25 and I have never had much of a social life. How can I confidently go forward with my life? I'm really terrified of starting, but I know I have to. [more inside]
posted by VirginiaPlain on Apr 26, 2013 - 23 answers

Do you like me or what?

I kinda think the dude likes me but I'm not sure and I'm tired of waiting to find out [more inside]
posted by thank you silence on Apr 7, 2013 - 17 answers

Frienddate? But I just want to kiss your face. :(

I have a second date coming up this weekend. I think. The guy seems to like me in some way, but there is an odd vibe with the friend vs. date signals and I have no idea how to proceed. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove on Dec 11, 2012 - 20 answers

First Love Issues

Why do I often dream of my ex? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie on Aug 23, 2012 - 28 answers

I love you so I can't see you anymore.

I've gotta stop having a crush on my friend or stop seeing her entirely. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink on Jun 14, 2012 - 44 answers

Can we stay this way?

How to thwart jealousy and possessiveness in a non-relationship relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 14, 2012 - 23 answers

How to stop being friends with an ex

I need to stop being friends with my ex. How? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2012 - 16 answers

Stress free strategies for distancing oneself from dating?

Stress free strategies for distancing oneself from dating? Dating Filter: My enthusiasm has waned. I'd like to bow out gracefully and preserve friendships. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Has anyone experienced this? Or has any insight?

It's all in my head, I think. Questions about signals I thought were being sent by a woman I have strong feelings for. (..a little long) [more inside]
posted by Guyatoffice on Mar 21, 2012 - 23 answers

I only want a partial enchilada, thank you

I have too much of a good thing. A lot of people want to date me. I am not interested in most of them beyond friendship, though, and I'm in a really comfortable FWB situation and don't want "the whole enchilada" of commitment, yet I only want this one person. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 - 23 answers

Meeting people in Hong Kong outside of LKF!

Attention previous and current Hong Kong expats: How did you go about meeting new friends in Hong Kong? [more inside]
posted by C^3 on Feb 1, 2012 - 4 answers

The Friendship Dating Pool

Am I some form of abnormal for thinking about my friend this way? [more inside]
posted by Heretical on Oct 24, 2011 - 38 answers

Tale of two Dudes.

Help me sort out this ridiculous dating situation. Please. [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Oct 17, 2011 - 30 answers

How do I stop being so jealous/protective/possessive of my female friend?

How do I stop being so jealous/protective/possessive of my female friend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 11, 2011 - 11 answers

This is NOT a romantic getaway for two

Single girl traveling with a single guy who I am not interested in. How do I prevent potential misinterpretation and a ruined friendship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2011 - 58 answers

What's the epilogue to my non-Hollywood ending?

I recently confessed my romantic feelings to a very close friend and, alas, he doesn't return them. I want to get things back to "normal" between us as quickly is possible. How do I go about doing this, and am I fooling myself into thinking that it is possible to return to "normal" right away? [more inside]
posted by HonoriaGlossop on Jan 3, 2011 - 25 answers

Tips on how to go out on a date with one of my best friends

Any tips for a first date with a friend I've known for a few years? [more inside]
posted by fantodstic on Nov 10, 2010 - 7 answers

What's the best way to genuinely end a pseudo relationship?

So, it turns out for me that Harry was right—men and women can’t be friends, or at least this woman can’t just be friends with this man. I need to get myself out of a great friendship that is turning into a terrible pseudo-relationship. What’s the best way to handle this? Snowflake details to follow, of course. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2010 - 44 answers

How to friendzone gracefully

I want to make friends, I keep getting dates. I'm not interested in an exclusive relationship with anyone at the moment. How do I turn a first date into a friendship without bruising egos? [more inside]
posted by ista on Sep 20, 2010 - 35 answers

No, I really do just want to be friends.

How can I best deal with the unwanted romantic advances of someone I will be seeing on a regular basis? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2010 - 26 answers

Making friends in Melbourne

I'm an American guy in my mid-late twenties living in Melbourne, Australia for (at least) the next eight months. My social life was quite exciting when I first moved here during late summer, but lately it feels a bit stagnant at times. I'm looking for ideas of activities to get involved with, to make use of my free time and help me connect with new people (friends of both sexes, plus THE LADIES). [more inside]
posted by adamk on Jul 25, 2010 - 8 answers

Do I tell my friend to DTMFA?

I just discovered something potentially damaging to one of my best friend's relationships. But it's also going to hurt her really badly. Do I tell her? [more inside]
posted by canadia on Jun 27, 2010 - 31 answers

How do I make new friends while making it clear I'm only interested in friendship?

How do I make new friends while making it clear I'm only interested in friendship? [more inside]
posted by gothchick33 on Jun 22, 2010 - 27 answers

I'm jealous of my friend's relationship.

My long-time single friend finally has a boyfriend. I'm jealous. How should I deal with that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2010 - 24 answers

How do I help my friend in a terrible breakup?

So, there was a hidden love-triangle in my academic department. It all came to light last Monday, and things have been pretty awful since then, due in part to the stupidity of one participant and the deception of another. What on earth do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2010 - 33 answers

How to meet people in the big city without spending a ton of money?

How to meet people in the big city without spending a ton of money? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Mar 26, 2010 - 13 answers

Round Two, this time with consideration

Dated my ex for a year, split up for 1.5 years. Recent developments re-awakened my feelings. How to explore this while being considerate to him and our friendship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2010 - 10 answers

Defining dating parameters

What's the difference between casual dating, being friends and being in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Jan 2, 2010 - 19 answers

The friend zone seems to work both ways

I have a crush on a friend and I don't want to act on it. I also don't want to be this guy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2010 - 24 answers

How should I move forward?

The New Year is approaching and I need some guidance on how to move forward with my life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2009 - 13 answers

Should I date other people while involved in a long-distance relationship?

I've been in a long-distance relationship for five years, we'll call him "M." It is a damn challenge. During those five years, M and I have gone back and forth between an open relationship, not a relationship, and a long-distance relationship. We've both dated other people, but never gotten serious about anyone else. I just started dating someone, "J." Do I need to tell J about M? And should I even be dating other people? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday on Dec 13, 2009 - 18 answers

Help! Need advice for giving friend advice!!

How do I tell my friend the truth in a way that she can hear it, then take what she can from it and do what feels right to her? [more inside]
posted by Hydrofiend on Nov 29, 2009 - 29 answers

I just think that we'd get on.

I haven't had a crush since I was 14 and now I have a HUGE one. I have never had to be the pursuer before, but now I think I need to be. AskMeFi, teach me to flirt and pursue while still keeping me cool!! [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Nov 16, 2009 - 19 answers

Let's be friends

Ambiguous date requests. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2009 - 25 answers

We were friends, that was as far as it went

I was rejected pretty kindly, we are being friends, and we're hanging out an awful, awful lot. Please help me get some perspective. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2009 - 10 answers

How do I maximize the odds of a good outcome when I tell my friend I'm in love with him?

I'm in love with my friend. I'm going to tell him, but not for a few months. A) What do I do in the meantime? B) Any dos/don'ts for when I tell him? C) How do I both hope for the best and keep my expectations in check so I don't get hurt if he's not interested? D) Any way I can feel him out for signs of interest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 1, 2009 - 42 answers

Is it normal to maintain multiple casual relationships year after year?

I am looking for opinions on my lifestyle of multiple casual relationships.. Is it healthy to be inherently against a committed relationship because you enjoy the company of new people quite frequently? [more inside]
posted by Macallister Vagabond on Jan 19, 2009 - 29 answers

I don't want my courage to come from a bottle

Since the beginning of the year, I've begun binge drinking in social situations to loosen up. What can I do that will help me get over my anxieties and not have to depend on a bottle to make me talkative and fun? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2009 - 21 answers

If he's not interested, why does his behavior say he is? Could it be our age difference?

We've been friends for several years. Over time, all signs pointed to his having feelings for me. I just asked him out. He said no. But I have lots of evidence that he fancies me. Could this be because of our 14-year age difference? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2008 - 30 answers

Being friends with friends of my partner's ex?

Posted a question here about my situation as it stood about 9 months ago and got some good feedback. My question now relates in some way to my previous question and how the situation has evolved. [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl on Sep 8, 2008 - 12 answers

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