The things you learn

@ElicBxn (60884)
United States
August 5, 2016 11:15pm CST
A long time ago, my former roommate and I went to this party. Honestly, it wasn't my kind of party, even though the guy holding it was in the SF community - that "Science Fiction" for those of you who don't know me well. I was kind of following my then roommate around waiting for an appropriate time to cut this party off and go home. They were drinking and smoking and smoking funny stuff and all that kind of "party" stuff... And then I stopped. Because, sitting there, smoking one of those funny ones, was one of my vets. I broke off from following and went over and said "Hi." Now, I didn't expect him to remember my name, after all, he had lots of clients and I only had 2 vets (at the time, I later added another one.) But he knew I was one of those clients. He offers me the funny cigarette. I say - "No, I don't smoke." And that was that. The roommate and I continued to see the guy who was hosting the party for a while and then lost touch and I continued to go to the vet. We never talked about the cigarette, but he soon learned that I really don't smoke - anything, funny or otherwise. So, there I was, on Facebook and I get to thinking about the guy, why I don't know. I haven't seen him in a good 25+ years, but I do. So, because I really didn't remember his name well, but I remembered something else about him, I managed to rediscover his name and, lo and behold, connect with him on Facebook. However, my vets are about as low tech as you can get. They had to break down and get a fax machine, which meant they had to get a phone with push buttons, but, except for the one phone, the rest of them still have dials. I know! I mentioned to the vets that I reconnected with this guy, they all know him, of course, you kind of learn each others friends when you work with someone for 40+ years... So, I saw this guy had broken down on the highway, managed to get home and PMed him that the vet had retired. And we chatted some. He hasn't seen the vet since 2003ish, but told me that the guy who used to work with him had gotten bad into drugs and was in prison now. Some how, that just doesn't surprise me...
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@CinnamonGrl (5807)
• Paradise, California
6 Aug 16
It can be really strange to run into someone out of the environment you're used to seeing them in, that's for sure.And it's cool to find old connections on Facebook. I am disappointed though that I have not been able to find my childhood friends so far. Jr. High and high school friends I have found, but not the ones I played with as a kid. Should have stayed in touch, darn it!
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
6 Aug 16
This is true. I know where and how to get in touch with a couple of playmates, but by the time we were in high school, we had already drifted so far that we weren't friends... I am friends with one, but while I read her posts, I only send stuff to her when I know she'll be interested - and since her job is butterflies, that's generally what I send her. One time someone asked about one they found and took a picture of, so I sent the picture to her to find out what it was.
@GardenGerty (99413)
• United States
6 Aug 16
You learn a lot about people when you see them in their off hours.
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