>> hope for some reciprocal exchange of knowledge and insight. <<
Don't get your hopes too high.
>> I hope to come accross an individual or two to share my time with and have intelligent and/or interesting conversations with from time to time. <<
Hope can indeed be a fountain of sustenance. However, since you do stress from time to time you seem to be under no illusions that you will find these individuals with any degree of regularity. Which I might add is certainly a wise thing.
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