Darnit...no application form. xD
I'm in much the same boat, all my "real" friends are back in CT and I've only got maybe one or two online friends I even get to talk to anymore.
I'd say browse the web to see if there's any local "club" type events suited to your interests, attend a few, and do your best not to be shy when you go...it's a lot easier to make friends with people when you share a common interest after all. =)