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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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What do you want/need? Local friends (within about an hour) to the Augusta, Ga area - preference to those who are single as I have plenty of the married/longterm committed variety who never hang out. Bonus points if willing to be a casual workout buddy for mutual motivation. How to survive allergies that seem to be uncommon, but the foods are contained in everything. How to go out to eat and not look like I'm a difficult/picky eater or starving myself.
What do you have?Lots and lots of encouragement. Advice for surviving conventions like DragonCon. Cosplay skills. An adorable puppy who doesn't mind cuddling other people on occasion. A listening ear who may be able to help and present different options/solutions to an issue if wanted, or as just a sounding board.

Edited at 2013-08-03 03:46 am (UTC)

The only useful dining out strategy I've found is getting menu information ahead of time. Bonus points if they include allergen information because I used to think plain grilled chicken wouldn't have wheat or soy in it.

Seriously. What Sileri said. I email restaurants ahead of time, or call in nonpeak hours, and in general go out a lot less and cook from scratch a lot more. My cooking has gotten a lot better. :)

Which allergies? I have to avoid gluten myself and try to avoid dairy/soy/legumes/corn. I kind of fail at dairy and corn because of Mexican food, but the gluten is a pretty critical no for me. I've got friends with similarly annoying allergies - black pepper, vanilla, and chocolate. Yay cooking delicious things.

I thought of a few other things:

Do research on restaurants in your area that are likely to be good for your allergy - check out menus online, then do follow up emails, if its gluten see if they have gluten free menus, etc., etc. Keep a list of "safe" places in mind, so when people start talking about going out, you can say, "hey, I've been wanting to try XYZ Cafe, let's go there."

Keep nonallergic snacks in convenient places and have them before you go out so that you'll be less hungry and less likely to take chances or have poor judgement due to low blood sugar. (I've usually got a small bag of pistachios or almonds in my backpack at all times.)

Suggest that some group outings be at your place - you'll provide snacks, someone else can bring drinks, etc. some pot luck food can happen too - and talk to the people you feel more comfortable with about your restrictions.

I always tell people whose houses i go to, "look, I know I'm a pain in the ass to cook for - don't do anything special for me, just let me know what's in it and what isn't and ill skip some of it. no biggie." And I'm willing to skip a lot of things and sit there and sip on something and be social.

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