so i’ve been having a wonderful year of meeting facebook friends. i didn’t meet all 325 of the friends i had as of january 2011, but i got ninety percent of the way there.
some of my friends didn't have time or resources to respond to my request to see them. this dude wrote "harbinger of doom" and is a fan of my grandfather fritz leiber. i never saw him this year although i tried!
one of the things i appreciate most about libby hellmann (f2fb friend #7) is that she showed up! it was january of last year. i told her my resolution to meet all my facebook friends. she was a facebook friend. i said i wanted to spend some time with her. it took some faith on her part to take part in my resolution when there was no way of telling whether i’d complete it.
i like index cards, datebooks, and lists. libby is on this list as one of the first friends i saw last year. if you have a new years resolution, get some index cards, get some organization, figure out what you have to do each day to get closer to your goal.
so last year, right around this time, we met at a restaurant in northfield called seul’s and spent a happy few friendship hours. i made a video. i posted a blog. she was f2fb friend #7–if i was going to finish up 325 friends i just had 317 more to go. she had faith in me.
libby writes suspense and i am such a fan! you can find her at libbyhellmann.com
today we met at the same restaurant because she wanted to celebrate the completion of my project. the restaurant is now called stormy’s. the interior is well decorated. libby looks great. she is off to cuba because her newest book is set there and she needs to do research. and i realized how wonderful every one of my facebook friends has been to me!
one of the things i appreciate about libby is that she was an early supporter. if you have a new years resolution you need to find your early supporters. you need to find the friends who say “you can do it”. you do have friends who might not give you that support but they might later. there are friends we need at all stages of what we do.
facebook is set to open itself up to investors with what’s going to be the largest public offering ever. mark zuckerberg is going to be a very wealthy and since he’s the dude who set this thing up in his dorm room in 2004 i think he deserves a big paycheck. but. . .
i thought i couldn’t do it–getting to new york, visiting friends, even making a side trip to new jersey–and you know what? i didn’t do it! not at all. sure, it was me on the plane and in the sex museum and at the algonquin and the faculty club of princeton university, sitting with baba at ted baker and almost going to a party of celebrities with vince p.
but it wouldn’t have happened without friends. friends who called me the morning i left for new york and said you can do this. you can get on that plane. friends who texted me, messaged me, emailed me, posted encouraging words on my wall or even the friends i met in new york who said “get out of your damn shell and let’s go see the city!” friends i’ve known forever, friends i’ve only recently met, friends i haven’t even met at all! the experience has made me think i will remember next time i have a friend who needs some bucking up that i will do it. i’ll be the one to call, to text, to message, to give hugs.
now, i have a video to share with you of f2fb #61 my son joseph but wordpress isn’t cooperating so i thought i’d share the news that on friday i’ll signing books at the book stall in winnetka at six o’clock. the book stall is on the 700 block of elm street in winnetka.
and here’s the early spring tally on my new years resolution:
61: the day of the year, 304 remaining
61: the number of facebook friends i have met, 274 remaining
1698: the number of facebook friends i now have
1363: the number of facebook friends i will try to meet outside of this project (viva brasil! viva japan!)
9: the number of friends i met in new york city
2: the number of facebook friends in new york city who did not respond to emails, messages, or wall posts (gillbert gottfried and glen thater)
3: the number of friends who deactivated their accounts while i was in new york (explanation in future post)
so i have to ask you
i leave for a michigan excursion at the end of the week and then i have a few small trips before the first international trip to mexico city. viva mexico!!!!
and p.s. this problem with uploading videos is driving me nuts!