^Just email them. Then text them to set up the meet-up.
Then keep things short. Do lots of listening. Then when you part company, send them a friendly text.
Then email them again to set up the next 'conversation'.
Then cancel via text. But leave the door open for the next actual conversation.
Oh, and I just wanted to say that people cannot even spell or pronounce 'conversation' let alone conduct one these days. I overheard a teenager fumble with the concept while confidently describing an encounter with a female classmate...and the word, 'conversating' tumbled out of his mouth.
So, I think you are just fine in the grand scheme of things, Rock Strongo.