When I was in Thailand a few years back, one of my favorite things to do was to go to an outdoor bar in the heart of the city called "Cheap Charlie's". The place always had expatriates and travelers from around the world. I would just go there, buy a beer and start talking to people and ask them what their stories were. Most were nice, some were mean, some were crazy, but everybody had a story to tell. I talked to a Scandinavian businessman about how toastmasters changed his career. I talked to a British school teacher about how "The Wire" was the best show on television through a massive monsoon.
That story more or less encapsulates who I am. I’ve been told before that I have an “easy-going charm.” I'm also smart, witty, and a little quirky (but in the good make you laugh way). Why else would I consent to 5+ years of extra school to get a non-white coat-wearing "Doctor" title before my name? Because of all these traits, I make friends and keep friends easily, and I have best friends all over the world.
To be honest, the online dating thing isn't ideal, but cest la vie. I've learned to live with it. I've probably made more good friends from OkC than lovers, and that's been pretty cool too. So if you're reading this and we do end up getting together, even for a quick drink, I can promise at the very least a good conversation with a cool guy, and maybe a good book recommendation. After that, it's all gravy.