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Reconnecting: Part II

Yesterday, I met up with a friend from high school. I haven’t seen her in ten years — which is crazy to think about. I was in Instagram just a few weeks earlier when I saw her profile as a suggestion. We added each other and eventually made plans to meet up. Normally, I have a few worries with seeing someone again. Is she as I remembered? Will this be awkward? What do we talk about?

This, however, is just me overthinking and rarely the case. We caught up the best two people could condensing a ten year absence into a couple hours of time. She laughed a lot which quickly made the time go by quickly. She said, “It sounds like you’ve had an interesting life.”

Perhaps. Some people never change and I kind of like that. Later world.

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Oops Didn’t Mean To

Last night, after some fumbling to look for my phone behind the car seat, I managed to accidentally call one of my friends — a girl I dated last year. We’re talking about 4 months ago. Dread came over me as I saw the call connect and heard a familiar hello on the other end. I generally believe hanging up abruptly on someone is a bit rude. Considering the circumstances, I answered back.

Normally, I rarely use my phone to talk. It’s a bit ironic considering it’s original purpose. It’s usually the case now with everyone’s preference for text messaging. Even though its wide use, I don’t like texting. I have a hard time getting my point across usually, much less follow the conversation. I asked myself, “She picked up. What’s the worst that can happen?”

There was a fair bit of small talk to break the ice, but that’s to be expected. We caught up with each other’s lives. Last I saw her, I had steak nachos and she ordered macaroni and cheese. Much to her surprise, my memory is that good. She had a bit of fun quizzing me on what we did and what she wore. I was three for three. I think if you’re going to spend time with someone just the two of you, you ought to remember as much as you can. Seems only the polite thing to do. Everyone deserves full undivided attention free of all digital annoyances.

I’m surprised. I thought she’d be a little irritated to hear from me seeing as how long it’s been. I’ve been wrong before, but this call was welcomed. Just like that, we reconnected. Why can’t it always be this simple?

I call this a “happy accident”. Almost made my night. If there wasn’t some 40 miles of distance to travel, we’d might just hang again.

Later world.

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She Called It First 1/23/2019

The prospect of reconnecting with a friend is always exciting. There are some challenges with scheduling and location, but I find it more or less works out if both parties are willing. I don’t have any of my old text messages saved on my phone, which surprised me a great deal when I was chatting on Facebook the other day.

The date stamp is 12/21/2013. It was my very first quarter at UCSB. It floored me almost to see what I wrote to her. Marketing, which is what I do now, was always the game plan. Seeing that made me smile a bit. I felt uneasy at the time being away from my friends. Add in the emotions that come with being newly single didn’t help. I had some idea of what I wanted to do for a living and it materialized.

More so, I’m amazed. She called it first. Well, I did develop a bit of a drinking problem. At the very least, I have to tell her that her joke was more of a foreshadowing of things to come for me. Perhaps an apology too while I’m at it. I’m sure we’ll both get a kick out of it.

Later world.