#971: Fear of missing out on the work social scene: Everybody is hanging out without me.

Dear Cap, I am an insecure introvert with a big ol mouth and the occasional attitude problem. I've worked a lot on being more careful with what I say and keeping work relationships more professional than personal. Then I switched to teaching. Teaching, as I have found, builds a kind of in-the-trenches bond with your … Continue reading #971: Fear of missing out on the work social scene: Everybody is hanging out without me.

#358: MOAR crowdsourcing: Meeting new people in a rural area?

Hi Captain, You've provided some great advice for meeting new people. However, I'm wondering if the Awkward Army has any experience or advice for meeting people in a rural setting. I live in a rural state, and in a pretty isolated area (population around 20,000...hour and a half away from from the Big City That … Continue reading #358: MOAR crowdsourcing: Meeting new people in a rural area?

#332: Wanting to make new friends and feeling like your filter is off-kilter.

Dear Captain Awkward,  Last Friday, I went on a first date with a guy who hated me.    I got dressed up, took a cab to this nice bar and dissected whether it was a date or not with the cabbie, had the waiter enthuse over how adorable I was ... and the guy flat-out … Continue reading #332: Wanting to make new friends and feeling like your filter is off-kilter.

Question #113: How do I make plans with flaky San Francisco people?

Dear Captain Awkward: So I am a recentish transplant to San Francisco at 28. I have many acquaintances here from various parts of my life, as SF is one of those cities people just end up in. These people are not connected to each other in any way. As I attempt to build a friendship … Continue reading Question #113: How do I make plans with flaky San Francisco people?

Guest Post! Question #91: Moving vs. Staying. Instructions for finding Your People and Your Place.

Commander Logic took this one on for me.  All hail Commander Logic! Hi there Captain Awkward, Following your great advice to my previous queries, here's another that maybe could just have gone into the comments thread of 'You don't have to make it work out'. So, my lab supervisor took up a shiny new position … Continue reading Guest Post! Question #91: Moving vs. Staying. Instructions for finding Your People and Your Place.

Reader question #35: On bouncing back and finding community.

Dear Captain Awkward: Since the new year began, I've been having some fairly serious life issues. I had a major panic attack in January, and then my house caught on fire at the end of February. I've been really struggling to keep my head above water. I finally started seeing a therapist, changed my work … Continue reading Reader question #35: On bouncing back and finding community.