> Robert J. Bradbury wrote: Lets take a straw poll, how many people
For what it's worth, here's my history: As a child I enjoyed spending lots of time by myself, either reading or "playing" (which usually involved using some toy or other as a prompt for elaborate space opera fantasies starring yours truly). But I also always had at least a few fairly close friends with whom I enjoyed often outrageously dangerous physical play, usually initiated by me (for instance, the episode that nearly gave my mother a heart attack when I was about nine years old, when she discovered that I was conducting "flying lessons" for the neighborhood kids by teaching them the trick I had learned about how you could jump off the roof of our garage and land on the ground with a roll, suffering only relatively minor orthopedic damage). In high school I was a "cross-clique" kid, with social relationships among both the "popular" kids and many of the "fringe" groups. I think that I discovered around the age of 13 or so that I could travel in just about any social circle if I offered some "value" to each one: A special skill, a set of interesting social cross-connections or just specialized knowledge. I guess I must have understood "comparative advantage" even at that young age.
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