Getting comfortable with each other, IRL.

@postaday 145; #postaday2011.

Thanks to the Internet, I see a lot of people everyday. I see them on my Facebook wall, posting on Twitter, in photos on Flik’r or Twitpics. Professional connections update daily on LinkedIn. And if we wanted to we could all do instant messaging on Facebook or Google. Shoots. There’s even Ping with iTunes, but I’m not really into that.

Tonight, when my friend Mike Gordon was headed down our street just as I stepped out front to take out the trash, we said hi to each other and I added, “I haven’t seen you in a while!”

To which he said, “I see you every day!”

That’s when I realized that I do see Mike every day, on my Facebook page. He’s @CrankyDad on Twitter. I like that about Mike. He owns it. LOL. I got to say hi to his old girl doggie, Daisy, we discussed how people are coming down Koko Crater with a red light, how windy the weather has been, and what grade our girls will be in next school year. We said our good nights.

It could be months and months again before I see Mike IRL, but it’s nice to be able to pick up where we left off. Friends can be in touch online and we are often aware of what each of us is going through because of our updates. Mike’s wife Suzanne often LIKES things I put up. I LIKE that.

I also think that this on-line connectivity means that when we do see each other IRL, there isn’t that much to say. When I go to lunch with my friend and colleague Lisa, we can have our quietness because she and I have been messaging each other all morning. Writing stuff, editing stuff, paula-please-file-your-story-in-the-right-folder stuff, funny stuff and someone-is-driving-me-crazy stuff. So by the time lunch time rolls around, we’ll be happy just to sit there and say nothing. My favorite lunches are with Lisa and Marlene, another HMSA colleague. Between them, I get a lot of history about the Mothership. It helps me with my perspective.

Nothing controversial today. I don’t feel like blogging about my perpetual WW stuff, or my work-out stuff, or my amazing recipes, amazing kids, or this amazing wind that is frustrating me. I’ve got an obligation to blog every day, it’s a commitment I’ve made to myself, and so I’m just going to consider today’s entry an indication that all is well.

And I do hope all is well with you, too.


By lavagal

Hawaii Kai wife and mom. Melanoma Stage 3a Cancer survivor. English Language Arts teacher, English Learners Coordinator, and Paraprofessional Tutor. Super sub teacher. Dormant triathlete. Road cyclist and Masters swimmer. Gardener. Mrs. Fixit. Random dancer. Music Curator. A teenager trapped in an aging body. Did you know 60 is the new 40? It is.


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