On many occasions, I have applauded Facebook for reconnecting me with scores of high school friends. I love love love FB for this. The late 80’s at Valhalla was a special time, and we were a great group of kids. Turns out, we are pretty spectacular adults, too.
Here’s another reason why FB is awesome. On my way to the ITB trade show, I posted a note in my status saying I was on my way to Berlin. Class of ’87 Mark Anderson happened to land in Berlin on the same day, noticed my status and asked if I had free time for dinner. I did. And we met. 20+ years since we’d seen each other, we caught up over plates of Wiener Schnitzel at Berlin’s famous Borchardt Restaurant. We finished with drinks at another popular watering hole, Newton’s.
Good friends can be determined by how few beats are skipped in a conversation. If you feel like you just spoke yesterday, you’ve got a good friend. If it feels more like you are trying to get better acquainted with the newbie at the office and are struggling for conversation, then chances are you were not that good of friends in the first place. Mark and I didn’t skip a beat. His humor is still dry and witty and his company is still easily enjoyed. It was a good throw-back to high school and I enjoyed the visit tremendously. It was great to see you Mark!!!
And all because of that Facebook thingy!!! Now if I could just get you all to get on skype – I could actually talk with some of you versus exchanging emails! ;p