Realize can't count on my family and roommates (have nothing in common) for friendship. Am "good acquaintance" with a married 25 year old as a guest in her restaurant. Realize that is not going beyond "good acquaintance." Have a best friend in Brooklyn which I keep in touch by telephone (I live 70 miles upstate). Lucky to have wonderful friends at Inspire and www.companiontree.com, but need to make face to face friends. Tomorrow going to call two monasteries to see if I like their Mass better and hope to find people to make friends with. After that, I am going to look at dating websites for relationship-oriented people (willing to relocate). Just would like to know . . . are friends enough or is a romantic relationship necessary for a quality life? Love to hear your life experiences and what your conclusions are. Thank you.