I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
"You won't meet a friend sitting on your couch."
--from Reese Witherspoon's book Whiskey in a Teacup
I had a friend, years ago, who gave me this same advice but about dating. She used to say, "You'll never meet a man if you sit home on the couch."
It was around this time that the telephone system was changing in our province--we went from one government-run company to a number of private carriers. It was well before the internet was a thing, and they were sending salesmen door-to-door, trying to get people to change companies.
I was cooking supper one evening when someone knocked on my door. A young salesman trying to talk telephones with me. I turned him down as politely as possible, but he looked at me strangely and said, "Okay, I get that you're fine with your phone company. But would you consider grabbing a cup of coffee with me some time?" Once again, I turned him down as gently as possible, to which he responded, "Well, you can't blame a guy for trying."
When I told my friend about this the next day, she laughed and said, "Wanda, you're the only woman I know who found a date without leaving home!"