I've never felt the way you describe. I go to dinner and movies alone all the time. My attitude is that I simply don't care what other people may or may not be thinking if they see me alone. The truth is half the ones who are with someone are probably wishing they were alone and the other half are probably wishing they were with someone else. The last thing they are thinking about is that I'm a loser because I'm out by myself. I always used to laugh at how some of the guys I worked with would put on the tough guy act when their wive or girlfriends weren't around. It was bitch this and bitch that. When you saw them with their wives it was, "yes, dear"....."no, dear", and "coming, dear". From tough guy to pussy-whipped pansy in one easy step. Who needs it? I come and go as I please, do as I please, and spend my money as I please, and I don't have to ask a ball and chain for permission. I don't get why a lot of people somehow assume that a guy (or gal) is incomplete if they don't have "someone". When I look at the crap that some of the people I know have gone through with their wives and girlfriends, I don't mind being "invisible". I especially like being "invisible" at work. The fact is I generally can't stand managers or management, so the less I see of them, and they of me, the better I like it. Being "invisible" at work is good. Being "visible" means that people expect shit from you. Being "invisible" is just fine with me.