I'd like to point out that the aforementioned gaming is not at all socially stilted. I used that gaming as a mechanism for keeping in touch with, let's see if I can count it up... 8 or 10 in the LG crowd, 5 with that group, 5 there, and about 15 distinct other people in WoW... so call it, like, 40 people I've managed to hang out with in the last week in a half, thanks to this hobby. In the meantime, I also went to a nice gourmet dinner with some other folks, getting a taste of Upstairs on the Square's Restaurant Week prix fixe menu (mmm, cod...), played Space Beans with some friends after dinner (ok, I guess that's still gaming, but...) and generally been spinning my head running around from place to place.
Life in the city is hectic, I've decided. This right here, this is the difference from life in the midwest.