When I was younger I was a "friendly visitor" for The Most Holy Redeemer Catholic church in San Francisco -- though I am not a Catholic -- and met a wonderful older woman born in Italy. It was such a pleasure just to visit with her and hear her story!
Now that I am an older man, I would enjoy having a friendly visitor myself.
I would prefer a male but would consider a female.
I'm gay, am a retired college teacher interested in the arts, intrigued by Buddhism, who likes to play Scrabble and loves well-mannered cats. [I have one.]
I have several wonderful friends but recently one has passed away, and another has . . . well, you know how it is -- things change. As a wise man said [actually, it was my father] we have to work at friendship to keep it alive. . . and be open to making new friends too.
I like to encourage others. I am learning to listen. I don't give nearly as much "advice" as I used to. I am opening up. . . after being rather narrow in many ways for much of my life.
I'm basically cheerful and pleasant to be with.
I like the idea of just conversing, or going to a nearby café for coffee or tea, or to nearby Dolores Park or the nice little parklet on Valencia between 19th and 20th.
If this appeals, tell me a bit about yourself, and I'll tell you more. This might be a good way to start off the New Year.
Don't hesitate to give this a try; if we decide to meet and are not both interested in meeting again, not much has been lost and something has been gained. So don't let a natural hesitancy about possible "commitment" worry you.
And -- Happy New Year!
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