A couple further actual sort of plausible leads for people I might like to hang out with coming out the shadowy, sketchy world of okc/craigslist.
Saw linguist David Crystal speak, on "the past, present, and future of englishes". It was one of those lectures you just know he's delivered a billion times, but in the good way where it's polished and you can see him smirking already when he knows he's building up to a real zinger that's coming up soon. It doesn't hurt that he has a great booming avuncular-old-british-dude voice.
A bunch of people sent me delightful and heartwarming (and many of them hand-drawn) birthday cards. Thanks all yinz!