I don’t know anyone.

Last night hubby and I were talking about a friend of his, who’s soon to be wife, is having a hard time out here (in Colorado) and wants to move back to the state they came from. AH!

She’s having a hard time because she does not know what she wants to do for work (who does) and does not have a lot of friends. (They moved here because of his job.)

I feel bad for her. Truly! Meeting new people when you aren’t working can definitely suck.
And you don’t always want to mooch off your partner’s friends.
Although some times you can find some dear and lasting friends that way!!

Anyhoo – that got me thinking about my current social engagement calendar. As well as what the hubby is doing.
There are so many groups out there. All kinds of group – heck I even saw a knitting drinking group getting together at dazzle to help support the troops. Really – how cool is that? On so many levels! If only i could knit! Maybe i could go and hold the yarn?

    Some of my recent outings:
  • Denver Happy Hour – met at 9th door – all different walks of life and business and age etc etc etc
  • Yelp Elite Event – met at Jonesies Eat Bar – again all different kinds of people that come together because we like to eat!
  • Walnut Room for drinks – met up with a friend hubby made on twitter
  • Gym – tons of friends made there- and i’m usually a heads down, music loud, sweat it out typeo f gal
  • Cruise Room for drinks – a couple old co-workers, but also a friend of a friend – again another way to mooch and get some good people. they have already been vetted!
    Some of Hubby’s outings:
  • Denver Tweetup at Steuben’s – again a bunch of different kinds of people that are all on twitter
  • Re-Fresh at Forrest Room 5- some sort of web techie thing
  • My Brothers Bar – post re-fresh outing to talk about creating another gathering
  • RMAUG – rocky mountain adobe user group

What I’m getting at, is i could be busy every dang night of the week without trying. The one caveat – you have to make the effort to introduce yourself. Sure it can be nerve racking going into someplace where you don’t know anyone. But just put a smile on your face, put our hand and say “Hi, I’m Nicole, how are you?”

Denver has a fabulous network of groups that embrace all walks of life and cover just about anything you might do in your spare time, or for work!

Here is just a few off the top of my head! Please add your favorites in the comments!

Options for meeting people:

  • Yelp – events going on all the time – and you don’t have to be elite for most of them
  • Meetup


Techie Type Groups

3 Comments so far

  1. simmons on January 23rd, 2009 @ 2:20 pm

    If you like independent movies, you should check out a movie club that a friend of mine started a few years ago. We get together twice a month on Thursday nights to go see a movie (we vote on what movie to see), and go some place for drinks/food afterward. Here’s the Yahoo group, which is more up-to-date than the web site:


    I’ve lived in several different cities, and I think Denver is one of the better ones for meeting new people. Even a certified, card-carrying introvert such as myself has way too much of a social calendar. :)

  2. nwilker on January 28th, 2009 @ 11:40 am

    @simmons – how cool!!!

    And i received this from my MIL via email, she was too shy to post –
    "I have a solution for your friend. "Jafra" they have branch meetings once a month plus a good support group and it’s a good way to get out there and make some extra money in the mean time. I know exactly how she feels and I’m sure alot of people have been in her shoes."

  3. eclewis on February 3rd, 2009 @ 9:57 pm

    Your post made me think about how true it is that you just need to go out and meet people – mostly because I assume that your husband was the one with the "@jwilker" t-shirt on at Stubens! Although I was born and raised in Denver, I knew that I needed to meet more people as my friends are slowly starting to have more and more obligations (plus it is always nice to meet people with interests that your current friends don’t have but you do). I have found that twitter and the #denvertweetup s are a great way to meet people (like i think your husband :-) ). I keep trying to get my fiance to go but he seems to be like your friend and doubt networking as a way to meet great people!

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