You have just put into words the problem I have with these fancy do's. My city held its annual Pride event last yesterday, not that it was a priority of mine. I passed through it on the way to the hospice I volunteer at, stopping on the way and back for a pint to stimulate the feeling of "meh, good for them." Two year's before, I did the same business sans drinking, and got worked up how everybody were soaking up the atmosphere. The real problem is, I'm not good at networking or keeping face to face connections, or how most people within my age group already have an edge over me. There's a will in those people to show off that extraversion in public and my closest pals live quite far to keep up with the social fare regularly than I do being a face on a computer monitor. I could make somebody an awesome partner if only I have the chance.