I'm wondering how some of you guys & gals have made friends, as ADULTS. As kids, it seems easy to make friends; you just walk right up to a group of kids playing trucks or something & join them. Right now, for me personally, all my closer friends & buds are here on the internet in various places....many of them in many different parts of the world and I feel so comfortable talking to them and making friends here that I wonder why I don't have ANY "real life" pals to speak of at all? I'm a nice guy, honest, I like getting people to talk about THEMSELVES, and I'm told I'm a good conversationalist. My wife & I get along VERY well and are each others closest friends, but still I think most normal people have a few people in life they refer to as "friend." So what gives? How do you make friends & influence people?