I don’t know Lindsay, but she tells me in an e-mail she moved to Fresno last month and needs a little bit of help getting a start.
She says: “I’ve moved a lot and I’m pretty good at making friends and sussing out things to do and places to go, etc, but Fresno is proving to be a challenge.”
Specifically, she asks:
Where’s the friendliest place in Fresno? Where can a newcomer feel at home? Where do Fresnoans (is that the right descriptor?) think that a person (anyone!) could show up alone and meet new friends? What’s with the general indifference and appalling level of cliqueishness? Keep in mind that new people don’t always have a ride or a dd or $ for a taxi so maybe suggestions should branch outside of alcohol-related events. Fresno’s DUI arrest record has not escaped my notice! Otherwise, I’d have myself at every wine tasting and happy hour in this city.
I thought this would be a good topic for the Beehive braintrust. So let’s hear what suggestions you guys have. I’ll start it off by suggesting a mixer for Creative Fresno or FLYP. Maybe wandering ArtHop. Or, heck, maybe joining that kickball league, or going to the Fresno PÃ©tanque Club. More ideas, friendly Fresnans?
[photo: Francisco Vargas' 'Welcome to Fresno' mural]