I'm from Vermont, so it shouldn't be too surprising that when I'm here I run into people I know. I am surprised though, delighted, tickled pink, something like that. Is it that I feel so lucky to know so many neat people who will still talk to me?
I connected with Anna via Friendster and we met for a drink. She invited me to a new year's prom party. Talented brilliant gorgeous funny Anna is the kind of friend I brag about having.
At a party I ran into Allison, one of my two best friends in grade school. The last time I saw Ally, I don't think either of us was sure if we were over middle school, but this time I noticed that there was a little hole in my heart where she fit in just so, and we fell all over each other. My heart seems to have lots of those little holes.
This isn't location-specific I suppose, but out of the blue I got an email from Clare, a high school friend from across the lake. Unbeknownst to me she's been living in Austin and hanging around with people I know for years. She said in her LJ, "I have a lurking fear that I did something or said something really tremendously uncool that made her and her sister hate me." Something did happen, but I can't remember what it was, and I'm sure it had something to do with the fact that we were all fucked up high school girls.
At the prom, I ran into Jeremy. He was part of the crew of kids from a few towns away who my crew hung out with. Well, mostly to him I was his friend Ben's ex-girlfriend, and with time he became my friend Cathy's ex-boyfriend.
Apparently invited to the prom by Jeremy was Jason, there with his very-pregnant girlfriend. Jason is not the only person to have been my best friend's boyfriend and my boyfriend's best friend, but now there's exes all around and we're just distant acquaintances.
Also at the prom Alicia introduced me to her best friend-from-high-school, Rachel. Rachel's like Jason and Jeremy, my romantic second-cousin.
Whenever I travel and see people I love, I wish I lived in some Atlantis where my Vermont, Portland, Chicago, Bay Area, and Austin friends all lived happily down the street from one another and everyone raised vegetables. I talk about community all the time, but I'm reluctant to settle down with one. I think it's because I'm so in love with all of my Super Friends and second-cousins and can't bear the possibility of forming a community that doesn't include the largest possible number of them.