re: Poker & Is there anywhere to go to talk poker
I've lost a few friends over the years, many have also moved long distances away, and other than my girlfriend I don't talk to a whole lot of people around me other than casually and in passing...even when they try to take it farther. I mean, at this point in life at least. I've had periods of time where I didn't have a free moment to myself for years. So, it's a nice respite now and then.
That said...yeah it would be nice to have someone to talk to about poker. The thing is that we're not going to find dozens of people out and about in our community who are as focused on the game and the details of playing it well as we are. Sure, like your friends, they "play poker" but what that really means is that they play it once or twice a month at a friend's house while they pound a few beers.
Probably the best suggestion in this thread is to go online and look for some social clubs or meetups. The internet is a fabulous tool for connecting people of any background or special interest. Keep in mind, however, that I wouldn't expect to meet the nicest, most honest, or warmest people in this of all venues. Think about what we are trying to get good at. Think about the skills required to do that well. Those traits, personality wise and psychologically, are not always the most conducive to healthy social relationships.