I've been spending way too much time alone of late. Like, I'm starting to talk to myself, that's how much.
About a month ago pretty much everyone from my department in the SF office quit, leaving just me and two engineers that I don't have much interaction with. Everyone I work with is in another city, so it's just as easy for me to work from home, and far more convenient. Either way, I'm alone all day with no one to grab lunch with. And many days I don't have time to go out for lunch anyway.
On top of that, I'm without a roommate. So I'm alone almost all the time now. If I don't make a special trip out to go shopping or just walk around, I can go days without seeing another person at all. It's really depressing. I'm a naturally gregarious person - if I don't have someone to talk to for long enough, I go nuts!
One of the hardest things I ever did was to go on a solo camping exercise as part of some outdoor youth adventure program canoe trip, when I was 13 or so. I had to spend 24 hours on an islet in the middle of the Allegheny River - no food, no tent (just a sleeping bag and a tarp), no book, no company. I woke up in the morning with slug-like leeches crawling all over me, but the not having anyone around was even worse than that.
I think it's time to get a roommate. And to do something about how much the SF office sucks now.
In the mean time, I appreciate phone calls just for the hell of it!