My Internets Friends!
Just barely over a year ago, I had quite a bit of fun giving Mike some shit for running off to Columbus for the weekend to hook up with a priest he met on the Internet. (If you think I'm kidding...)
Now here I sit, older and wiser, with some Internet Friends of my own.
Since this is a season for reflecting, and all that standard hogwash, I was sitting and doing a little reflecting the other day when opening a Christmas card I got from my friend Scoob in Scotland. I started thinking about this bigass globe we all live on and how really... it's not all the big at all. In high school I dated Larissa, an exchange student from Germany ("Dear Penthouse..." Just kidding... it wasn't like that at all.) Anyway, when Larissa moved back to Germany, I remember feeling this new sense of "connection" with the world. When I would hear news from Germany, my thoughts always went to Larissa and her family. I was glued to the TV as the wall came down (Yes, I AM that old.) All these years later, news from Germany still makes me think of my old friend Larissa. (I got an email from her a few years ago, and was happy to hear she's doing well and is raising a nice family.)
I'm not the kind of guy who goes trolling the Internet for new friends (shutup, Mike.) so imagine my surprise recently when I suddenly found myself with a small group of Internet pals. I started playing with a cool new iphone picture-sharing app, and the next thing I knew, I was growing genuinely fond of the people I was regularly sharing pictures and commenting with. Umm... this is a good time to mention that they aren't THAT kind of photos. (Shutup, Mike.) And these aren't the kind of people I would normally run into in my regular circle of friends: there's the software designer, the pothead, the college grad (as of today!), the lady who runs a doggy daycare, the bisexual Scotsman, the chef to the rich and famous, the clothing designer... you get the idea. A real eclectic bunch. They're all cool as can be, and fun to hang out with online.
So thus lies one of the great powers of the Internet: drawing us all a little closer together. Just like with my old friend Larissa, when I hear news from Scotland, OKC, Japan, Texas, L.A. or Mexico, I have friends there... and it makes the news more "real"; makes the world a little smaller for me.
So for Erin, Wendella, Vince, Lance, Marko, Scoob, Justine, S.C., BeBe, Sunshine, rO_rmZ0, One_Fine_Artist, DIRTY, Error Malfunction, Trimere, Michelle, Shatoshi, and FRN-jpn (And anyone I left out...)
THANKS. You guys are all cool, and you all make my day a little brighter.
Hopefully someday I get to sit and tip back a beer or two with some of you guys in person.
(And thus ends my one annual sappy, stupid blog entry. Let the silliness resume.)