Positive thoughts are definitely coming your way, and my entire family will offer a strong and heartfelt prayer on your behalf at our morning meal.
I understand how you feel. While I have many business associates, I have few true friends. I much prefer quality over quantity. There are four people outside of my family that if they called at midnight and said they needed me to be there the next day, I would be on a six A.M. plane and I know they feel the same.
But it's taken many decades to get to that.
Part of the problem, imo, is the digital/social media age we are living in. And the 24/7 news cycle and binge watching doesn't help either. People are glued to their TVs or iPhones.
This is one of the reasons I love he-man.org. I get that it's cyber friendships, but I feel a deep affection for many here and sometimes especially with those whose opinions I may not agree with. I haven't seen you around the board much, so maybe you ought to try to ring in more. He-man.org's Tar Swamp is a great place to have spirited exchanges of ideas, so long as you're tough enough to handle the fast track there. But the bottom line is that it's an awful lot of fun there, and frequently enlightening
I think the interchange of ideas different from our own, and civil and respectful debate, is what can sometimes form the basis of friendships. And I'd be willing to bet there are Floridians orgers close to you that would enjoy getting together to talk He-man or other topics. You're not the only one who wants friends.
If I have any advice to give, it's to stop trying for a while, except for maybe getting together with some Florida orgers. A funny thing happens when you let go for a while. The dynamic changes and you somehow become receptive and attractive because you're not trying so hard. When it happens it will happen. There was a time when I had pretty much given up on having a long term relationship. Then, one night, I was waiting for my table to be called in a restaurant in Nassau and in walked a 5'4" crimson-haired, blue-eyed Irish angel from Kansas City. I looked at her, she looked at me and twenty-two years later we have three amazing children and I have a best friend who has loved and laughed with me through all sorts of ups, downs and all arounds.
Many here know I'm a spiritual person and I don't want to push the envelop on this. But I do believe there is a plan. If you're a good person -- and it certainly sounds like you are -- friends will come to you. Try letting go and not trying so hard for a while -- but be receptive -- and see what happens.
Good luck to you and give us updates from time to time. There are many here who care about fellow orgers. That's a lot of what this board is about.