So, here's my situation:
I had been with my girlfriend for three years as of this past June. She was a perfect match for me: liked everything I liked, hated everything I hated, very similar personalities, similar humor, etc., etc. We did long distance for a year, decided to live together, and did that here in Seattle for 2 years. She just graduated from UW with a major in Japanese language and linguistics, and when we moved in together, the plan was to have me graduate the year after and try to get her a job as an interpreter or translator in Japan for at least a few years. In order to do that, she had to get certified by taking this really hard, really specialized test... which she took last year and failed; she found out in November. It really messed her up.
Over the last 9 months, I've been doing everything to be supportive and help her heal: I paid lots of attention to her wants and needs, gave her gifts and romantic things to lift her mood, was always there for her, all of the good boyfriend stuff. Since we hit 3 years, I was even starting to save and plan for the proposal we had agreed I could do at the 5 year mark (she likes to plan). On Tuesday, July 17th, the day after getting back from our good friend's wedding, she left me with no warning, no provocation, and no explanation. I haven't heard from her since.
I've been trying to get lots of advice and support from IRL friends, and they all are amazingly helpful, but they are all in other states; I don't have anyone in Seattle to really get support from. I've been told that I need to get out, to meet people, to not be alone in the apartment (which I have to move out of by mid September), but I'm an introvert who is better at meeting and getting to know people in small numbers and in intimate settings; the only bar I've ever felt anywhere approaching comfortable at is AFK Tavern (for obvious reasons).
I've never been through a heartbreak like this before, and certainly not while taking Senior-level classes, working, trying to meet people, trying to stay mentally busy, trying to find a place to live, and crying for nearly 2 weeks straight at the same time. I know I need to meet people here, but don't really know how to start, or where to start. I've lurked PA for a long time (over 5 years), so it feels kind of like a digital home to me. I thought this would be the best place to start asking for help.
I want to meet PA people in Seattle (preferably around Greenwood / Greenlake / Lake City), and need to find a place to live. Emotional support and advice on how to deal with the pain would be nice, too... but I don't want to ask for too much. I guess this isn't the best way to introduce yourself to people... but... hello. My name's Jack. -_-;