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drifting away

Since I've decided to stay up and make a feeble attempt at getting back on some kind of a regular schedule, I thought I should probably post something to the journals for the benefit of anyone still reading this...

I've been feeling really disconnected lately, which may stem from the fact that I seem to have fallen into the habit of dealing with people mostly through the internet. I see my friends maybe once a week or so, and lately that's been pared down to working out at RS & Kimbie's place, which doesn't exactly feed my need for conversation a whole lot. It's better than nothing, I guess. Still, I don't have the opportunity to see most of my friends more often than quarterly, and that bothers me.
In addition, I have whole platoons of friends and acquaintances I see only through the internet, which again doesn't scratch that conversational itch. The Minnesota fans, that sort of makes sense, but I do have a handful that make the effort to chat me up on Facebook, God bless them. That's what, 2-3 people out of the fifty or so I know from up there?
Locally, it's almost as weird. I've reconnected with a couple dozen people from the Class of 1977 at my old high school, and a few from the '75, '76, '78 and '79 classes as well...but with one or two significant exceptions, I don't KNOW these people. They've been living their lives, having kids, marrying & divorcing, and it's all been here while I've been somewhere else doing my thing, which means I have no real clue who most of these people are or what they're like. To the extent that I'm interacting with them, it's mostly through posts on Facebook. That's pretty superficial - not in the pejorative sense really, but let's face it, commenting on FB posts doesn't really pass for conversation, and I wind up not knowing any of these people better than I did when we first contacted each other through FB.
Inevitably, the people I want to see most are really insanely busy, and they have families of their own which I don't want to impose on. Or they're out of town, as in different time zones completely. Yeah, that includes family for the most part.

Sometimes it seems like I'll have to organize a convention, or at least go to one, to see the people I want to see. Minneapolis in 2012, maybe.

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wombat_socho
Aug. 18th, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
First I need to clean this place out enough so I have room for the couch I'm getting. Otherwise one of us would have to stand while you were visiting, and I think that's a Bad Plan. We should talk about getting together in other places until the couch arrives, though.
cyloran
Aug. 19th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
Ya know, we could meet half way some Saturday or Sunday for lunch or dinner. Just sayin'...
wombat_socho
Aug. 20th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, we should do this. Pick a day that's good for you; as you know, my schedule is rather open. :/
chocol8fiend
Aug. 26th, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
Instead of creating your own minnesota convention
http://libertysfcon.libertysf.org/

Held at a hotel in minnesota
wombat_socho
Aug. 26th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
Re: Instead of creating your own minnesota convention
Oh, I see what you mean. I was sloppy in my writing again; should have been more clear that I'd be starting that convention down here. I've already started one in Minnesota, after all. :)

I do hope to make it up for LibertySFCon.

Edited at 2011-08-26 12:30 am (UTC)
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