if your into penpalling, have you tried www.interpals.net i found all my penpals on there.My biggest non-animal related hobby is: writing letters (penpalling). Been doing it since 1999. Met some interesting people that way...some turned out to be great friends,others not so much. But I truly enjoy it. A letter from a friend sure beats junk mail and bills.
Plus it is easy for me to pick up a pen and express myself to my pals. It is also very interesting to learn about other people's lifestyles or cultures or traditions. I write to people in the USA mostly and mostly prisoners...but also I write to people in Germany, Holland, England and am happy to say I have a new one in Iceland.