I wrote another post about this at MBTI Nebulous so I'm going to post some of it and expand on it.
My friends took me out for my birthday to this place in DC called Busboys and Poets.
The minute I stepped into that place, I felt like I was at home. It was such a great atmosphere with people that I know I could vibe with. This guy came up to me and asked me to shake someone's hand like I know them. It was an April Fools day prank that I was partially the butt of, but I got a free little bottle of Moet for my part in the shenanigans.
I like being in places like that, they make me feel happy. Sometimes I like to be in really crowded places and feel the energy of the people washing over me. I went to the Cherry Blossom Festival and there were so many people crowded everywhere. Kids running around, traffic, sirens, water, everything.
I don't have much of a problem with having people in my personal space. Crowded places don't bother me, they make me feel like I'm in an envelope. My friends and I were talking about how dirty the streets were, but even the dirt was appealing.
It reminds me of the scene from the most recent Superman where he just floats in space, hovering above Earth and listening.
When I'm with people, I feel a little detached and sometimes. It lasts no longer than a few minutes and I have a little out of body experience and I digest what I'm doing. Sometimes when I'm out with people, I'm laughing and talking but I'm not even really there, I'm just coasting. Once I got on an elevator and it seemed to me that I went from the ground floor to the 22nd floor in the blink of an eye. I've incorporated these spaz moments into my shtick with people. They'll see me zone out and ask me where I went and everybody gets a good laugh.
The form the stimulation takes doesn't really matter to me, it depends on my mood. Sometimes I just go over to my closest (distance-wise) friends place and we just watch TV and talk and that's satisfactory. Sometimes I go to a dinner and movies with my friends and that's enough. Sometimes I call people up and chat for a couple of hours. Sometimes we hang out around the monuments till the sun comes up. Sometimes I book my enter week. Some weeks I don't do anything. This past February I was out every single day and got up and went to work on the weekdays. I did it purposefully to see how much I could take. I will never do that again, I was so tired, but it was a good tired. I think that's when I lose my stopping sense, like a lab rat who has pushes a button and gets little shocks to the pleasure centers of the brain and passes out in exhaustion.
This summer, I've been by myself a lot. I have the place to myself and I'm LOVIN it! When I want to be by myself, I go to the mall and walk around or go to a museum or I go for a walk somewhere. My favorite solitary activity is driving. My sis gave me her Garmin and I just drive, I don't care how much the gas costs and I turn up my music really loud and just drive. I usually go and drive someplace I've never gone. Sometimes I'll ride the subway back and forth until I'm ready to go home.