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Take a Penny, Leave a Penny!
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Close to three years ago, karnythia hosted an LJ post where she asked people to leave a comment if they had something they wanted or needed, or if they had something they were willing to give or offer.

I got two things: yarn and friends.

This is how I met rosefox, who has since become one of the people in my life whom I value most.

So I've been thinking a lot lately about that and what a big impact it had on my life over the past three years. And it made me want to do it for other people.

Quoting karnythia's post from all those years ago:

What do you want?
What do you need?
What do you have?

Feel free to answer any or all of them. They do not need to be realistic things (I put world peace on mine last time) If you don't have a LiveJournal, or would prefer to answer anonymously, give us a way to contact you.



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This is going to sound a little bizarre, but one thing I love doing socially with friends is reading. I absolutely love sitting in a room with close friends and we're all reading books (different books). Every so often someone will laugh and share a passage that person thinks the others in the room will appreciate. It feels surprisingly social, for me at least!

Riffing on this, would it be possible to have some sort of together-time in which people are all doing different things? For instance, the two people who do handicrafts are crafting, and the other person is doing a similar solo activity? (::recalls fond memories of soldering while friends sew::)

Or how about -- is there some type of project you all could collaborate on that would require three different types of skills/interests?

Aside from movies, are there any other types of performance art all three of you enjoy? Circus, fireworks, theatre, racing, dance, music . . . ? In particular, I've seen some awesome performance art that has a social justice bent to it.

I've also found there are a surprising number of offbeat museums. Even for non-museum-goers, there might be some small quirky place that fits the bill for all three of you . . . although that wouldn't work as a regular thing probably.

I've known a few couples who have just started trying things on Groupon until they found something they both enjoyed -- martial arts class, yoga, Go-Kart racing, boot camp, whatever, they just kept trying things until they found something they were both into to have a common activity. It might take a little more trial and error for three people, and requires a certain amount of spoons to keep on trying new things, but there also doesn't have to be a deadline or anything -- "trying a new thing together" could be something you all do whenever everyone feels up to it?

Sometimes my friend and I impulse buy something that looks fun. (Model rockets, kites . . .) It wouldn't be something you'd have to enjoy forever, but maybe something you all wanted to try out together just to see if you like it?

I'm just brainstorming here; obviously just disregard anything that doesn't fit the three personalities in question. :)

Thank you so much for all these suggestions!

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