City Pulse: Make friends, be a tourist in your own town
July 3, 2013 at 2:03 a.m.
Being friendless is not an excuse to stay home and finally watch all six seasons of "Lost" consecutively.
I don't know when it happens, but at some point between being a child and hitting puberty we all develop the paranoia of being seen outside and alone. As a child, it was easy to think that way because making a friend was as simple as hanging out at the tetherball court or sharing your Lunchables with the poor soul whose mother thought a tuna fish sandwich would hold up well in the confinement of a paper lunch bag.
Even in middle and high school, it was easy to make friends. Once you learned when to lead and when to follow, you were cool.
Life as an adult is a little harder. You're not going to make friends as easily, but that doesn't mean you have to spend Friday night fist-deep in a big bag of popcorn.
Don't know where to start? Don't worry; I am here to help you.
As an adult, I've had to make a long-distance move three times, and each time I found myself jarred and friendless. I'm not going to lie, the first time I had no idea what to do and found myself with a Second Life addiction.
One of the easiest ways to get out and meet new friends is hitting your area bar. Despite what movies suggest, going to the bar alone does not make you a loser or an alcoholic. If you're still wary, try going to Greek's 205 in downtown Victoria during the weekend. They typically have live music and a crowded patio - no one will know you're alone.
If you're a wine enthusiast, Spec's on Navarro Street has a wine class Tuesday night.
Further developing a hobby is another great tool to getting out. Whether you're into tarot card reading, crocheting or working out, there are small groups all over town to get you out of the house.
Yoga Chicks on East Red River Street has a wide selection of yoga, pilates and zumba classes for all age groups.
The workforce and continuing education catalog at Victoria College is a gold mine for finding new ways to embrace your creativity and get out of the house. You can take classes geared toward almost anything from motorcycle safety to jewelry making.
I'm thinking about taking the beginning genealogy class in the fall.
Despite being a small town, Victoria is packed with unique stores, museums and scenery. Being a tourist in your own town would be a great way to spend a Saturday. If you're looking for a place to start, I'd suggest Riverside Park - you can start at the Memorial Rose Garden and end at The PumpHouse for dinner along the Guadalupe River.
If money is tight, visiting area museums is a great way to pack in a lot for a little. Most museums are nonprofit, which generally means admission is suggested, and if you only have a few bucks, you can still get in.
The Museum of the Coastal Bend recently did a public dig in DeLeon Plaza, and the findings are available for the public to help work on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Whatever it is that you like to do, don't be worried about being friendless. Get out, have fun and the rest will fall into place.
Send me a message and we'll go out this weekend.