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Living with 290

Living with 290: How to make friends and meet people

I will be thirty five in about a month and a half. From time to time I reflect on my life so far. The good, bad, indifferent, mundane, thrilling, and horrifying moments alongside what I chose to do, what was chosen for me, and what I’ve not done. While I was looking forward to making some significant life changes in 2020 the pandemic has put many of those on hold.

Last night at work during a zoom meeting one of my co-workers said he planned to go on an in person date this weekend. Admittedly I was a little surprised two people who don’t know each other very well were going on in person dates while still in the midst of a pandemic. I understand people wanting to spend time together and in this case got the sense neither of them were up for doing anything completely idiotic that would be a big risk for getting sick with covid-19, but going to an aquarium might not be the safest option.

Since no one I work with knows I spent about 18 months in federal prison for a cp possession conviction back in 2012 and give years on supervised release thereafter they also don’t know much about my life outside work. I have never kissed anyone, gone on a date, had a woman standing naked in front of me, or done anything remotely sexual with someone else in person. While I can talk to people fairly easily I’m not someone who seeks out settings to be social in even prior to the pandemic. I don’t drink so I have had little or no reason to go hang out at bars or pubs. I’m not interested in dancing or party type environments and thus have no desire to go to clubs and lounges. Setting aside the fact that I’ve been working nights for close to six years, during day jobs typical nightlife activities were of little to no interest for me. As a result of these facts and others I haven’t really had any friends for years. I’m still weary of leaning too much into attempting to connect with people online primarily because many of the bigger platforms forbid those with sex offense convictions or sex offender registration requirements from maintaining accounts. Granted I grasp that many of these platforms especially those where people pay to have accounts probably wouldn’t say no to money. On the flipside I am not willing to play around with such things because who knows what collateral consequences could arise.

There I am in the zoom meeting at work last night offering encouragement for my co-worker and simultaneously wondering how I might meet someone.

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First thing I would do is join a gym you will feel better and it will open you up to other healthy people. You see people who workout or swim as I do, are up for challenges so you will overcome isolating. Healthy people would see our situation as a challenge not a burden, once your mentally and phisically strong you will be fine dealing with anything. Don’t become weak and critical, make your own attitude make your own life, and keep saying we ALL make mistakes in life.

You sound like an intelligent person who could probably meet and strike up a conversation with people very easily. I understand your hesitancy about meeting people online, so I would advise you to go back to the old fashion way. If you want a friend- be a friend. I live in an area with a lot of dog walkers. I notice people striking up first time conversations all the time with fellow dog walkers. If you don’t have a dog, perhaps you can adopt one. People will gravitate to you, and their first impression of you will likely be a… Read more »

Work, church and bars are the ways most people find new friends or lovers. I myself have social anxiety so I would go to bars because drinking would lower my anxiety and make me open up enough to talk to some people. Church is a good place for non drinkers, but I found it to be a difficult place to be if you have social anxiety. Work is a very common place to meet people, but dating at work really sucks if you break up with that person and still have to see them everyday. Unfortunately when you live in… Read more »

Interestingly enough, I discovered the best connections, are with people who knew you before and during the ordeal. Yeah, my universe of friends shrank, but I learned who my true friends were. And the fact that I came through “relatively unscathed,” proved to women I knew/dated in the past, that I am worth being with.

That’s a great idea. Remarkably, most of my small circle of friends are from high school. In the last few years two of them, after conversations about a lack of spark in our marriages, wanted to hook up and have affairs. One of them, get this, is a 30-year LAPD vet is in an “open marriage” with another cop. What nightmare potential that had: Fatal
Attraction with a gun and badge. Needless to say, I opted out of both opportunities.

I agree with the suggestions above. Although I met my wife online 22 years ago, that whole scene has changed and not in our favor. If I suddenly found myself single, I’d go the traditional route and meet women through the activities I enjoy. We’d already have one thing in common. I’d feel no obligation to lead with my biggest liability and neither should you. Just be yourself and if it gets serious then consider full disclosure, but not until your dead set on spending your life with her. Thinking about it a little more, if I was single I’d… Read more »

I hear “ do meds”, “ go to a bar” , “ hang out at church”, “ talk to your therapist”. Know what I really hear? “I am desperate to be accepted again and will try anything because I can’t accept not being liked and need the approval of others”. .Get on with life. It ends soon enough anyway. Who gives a rat’s ass if your friends won’t talk to you. What the hell did you ever talk about anyway. Therapy is a scam to make society think it is helping someone get past an issue when the issue is… Read more »

Well, aren’t you just a golden ray of sunshine?

@Way too long Have you tried a dog park? Your dogs could introduce you to people. No need to wallow in the mire of the past when you’re just getting your dogs some exercise, like everyone else. Rarely are children present, so no paranoid judgement. If you don’t like big crowds there are hours for that. Not meds or a bar or a church, but it is something everyone there believes in. Since you like dogs, you could volunteer at a rescue kennel. There is no background check for some duties where I researched in Los Angeles., like foster care,… Read more »

When covid ends, try twelve step meetings. Go to a few. They are all different.

Sure, listening to a bunch of guys whining about life and patting ech other on the back for “ sharing” . More bullshit commiseration.

At “my” 12 step group I’ve met 2 lifelong friends. I’ve traveled to Europe with each of them two times each, and both together once. We’ve entered a major real estate and business venture together (10 years and going). We see each other with and without significant others on weekend travels in Wisconsin. They’ve both met, and dated women since I’ve known them. We’ve met several of each others friends. I would not underestimate the ability to meet good people in a “12 step group”. I know any of us would question and help each other rather than pat on… Read more »

I had a text already to place on this topic but after reading @ Way too long and many more, I had to debate about it. Now way to long pull yourself together and many of you others also. Its not the end of the road for many of you all are sulking in yourself. Sure a lot if not much of this registry is bad enough. Sure I don’t have any parents and even my sister and I don’t always agree at times. Why do you think I took criminal Justice back in my college days. Sure I knew… Read more »

Don’t use me in your hr long rambling aimless rants

@Way too long… After I got kicked out of high school I didn’t know what to do. Sure when my grandmother found out she hit the ceiling, she sit me down and talked to me. See most grandmothers and their spouses didn’t get a chance to graduate as their was very little schooling back in those days living in the country. She told me to graduate. And yes an education is important today. At the time we were moving as my mom wanted to live closer to her mom so I went to enroll at another school as my grandmother… Read more »

Do you ever read your posts out loud to yourself? My God….

@C. I don’t want to be right as I would rather be wrong right. Whe whole point is we all make mistakes such as this registry or should we just call our probation officers and say I love you. We are all in this together but sharing and caring go together. Add a little love and friendship and than you have a better relationship.

@C and others on here. I received a letter from My Commonwealth State and sent a copy to Janice, if she would like to share this or post it I will give my premission as helping others and that sort of thing is what friends are all about.

No one forced to register shouldn’t have to constantly prove themselves to anyone. Stop living for other people’s approval, and acceptance. Stop seeking validation from people that will cut you off and ghost you once the learn your past.

If anything, YOU should be judging and comparing THEM. No one has a straight halo. Everyone has skeletons. Everyone is vulnerable to opinions and comparisons. The point is, there is no moral high ground for anyone to stand on and make you feel lesser than them. Especially those that cling to religion and don’t have a police record.

After 21 years of this BS iv come to realized that once your labeled a sex offender your life is pretty much over you can’t publicly do anything i wouldn’t be surprised if 24hour fitness doesn’t do background checks on their members looking for sex offenders. No matter what every job every women and every man you meet now days is gonna do a background check on you and once they find out your on Megan’s law they’ll never look at you the same some people might even feel betrayed. In my experience it’s not even worth it trying form… Read more »

Know the feeling. The police were driving around my neighborhood ( picture the neighborhood I have to live in for that to happen) and I immediately got nervous about them driving up to my rental, even though I only have misdemeanor and have never had any registry or other issues at all. They have made us all paranoid about any person getting too close, friend or stranger. I think the only reason I even have this rental is because I paid cash 3 months up front. The greedy landlord couldn’t pass that up.

People who knew you before you became a pariah are usually the people who know that you are other than just a pariah. I would suggest you nurture those relationships. Better to have one best friend than 100 sort of friends. I bought a Harley. Thought it might be nice to go riding with a Veteran’s rider group. Both Combat Vets MA and Legion Riders told me to go fuck myself. I ended up going riding with a female friend of my ex wife who knows about my past (in general). She’s spent time in prison too, so we have… Read more »

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