I'm with you guys. For the past decade or so, I've gone to office Christmas parties alone or with a friend. It's still fun, but there's always that "aren't you bringing 'someone'?" factor.
I'm still apprehensive about online dating
, though it's pretty clear that's the next/only step. Aside from the concrete challenges of the photo, profile, etc., I am just still so private-minded, it's hard for me to consider putting myself "out there" on the web, and, also, I really don't have a thick skin, so I'm not sure how well I'd handle the craziness and crudity I hear and read so much about. Maybe I'm just hearing all the bad stuff, but still ... it's off-putting.