nothing worth doing does not at first appear to be impossible and meeting 332 people in one year seems impossible. unless i could somehow persuade all of them to meet me at mirani’s for lunch on successive days. otherwise, i have to travel to see them! and today paige grant (face to facebook friend number 15) volunteered to do some of the traveling for me. particularly the england-italy-istanbul-mumbai junket.
paige is a friend of eastman’s and is an adventuress–i am looking to her for courage and perserverence. we aren’t sure why we’re friends on facebook. she’s taking a gap year and most of her friends are from new trier high school. we related over common facebook experiences. this was filmed by lori who is joining the team as well:
nothing happens without a team. i’m starting to see a team come together.
which reminds me. . . i met with peter lind, face to facebook friend 16. he was in the winnetka northfield rotary club with me but within a few days of katrina, he disappeared. he was charged with the task of reopening the hospitals of new orleans and he left his family to do that task. he didn’t return for two and a half years. his wife, oh so adorable, once saw me in the carpool line at new trier. i was crying. i figure you cry in your car nobody can hear you. i was wrong. she got out of her car, walked over to mine, banged on the driver’s side window and demanded to give me a hug. peter is so humble that he wouldn’t let me take his picture, much less video him. but he told me many stories about what new orleans was like just after the hurricane blew through town. he had these thoughts about our own emergency preparedness:
1. always have in your house three days of water and food.
2. in your car, twenty four hours of food and water (the food probably should be in the form of dried fruit, nuts, slim jims) and a blanket.
i would add to that a proviso that if you can’t muster up those provisions, just stockpile champagne, firewood, cigarettes, and cocktail napkins. a black market will develop.
peter and his wife live across town but he is the designated community emergency response training dude for his block. in an emergency, he has said i’m an honorary member of his block. yippee!!! i’m gonna be okay!!