it’s january first and i have just 365 days to meet 324 friends! i sure hope reggie gholston does not get redeployed to baghdad! i hope i can get over my natural aversion to aeroflot airlines!
step one: index cards. i’m a big believer in them. i’ve been going through my friends and each friend gets an index card. i’m trying to organize them by geography so i can consolidate. some surprises: jeffrey cokefair has apparently disappeared off the face of the earth and steve ware has moved to brooklyn. also, i’m friends with two newspapers–the winnetka current and the winnetka talk–as well as phototronics*. i’m not sure how to have some quality time with those last three friends.
step two: set up an itinerary! i already have a grand midwestern tour in mind. a stepdaughter, a bartender, my son joseph’s best friend from high school, a guy who writes operas, my best friend from high school and his wife, and a curious couple from kankakee. it will take three days minimum for the road trip. one of the reasons why i think this project is good for me is that i’m agoraphobic. i don’t like to leave the house and can sometimes go for days without actually talking or interacting in an “actual” way with anyone. i can sometimes go several weeks without actually crossing the borders of my town. i wonder if facebook allows agoraphobics to give in to their natural impulses but at the same time think of themselves as very social. it’s certainly done that for me!
*facebook told me that phototronics is having a birthday today. i wonder if i’m supposed to send an e-card to a photo processing store!