benjamin gonzalez had his birthday yesteryday. and instead of spending it in chicago with his beloved wife marissa and their eighteen month old desmond, he spent it charging out to new york as part of the first leg of my f2fb trip to see facebook cousin megan, first time ever in person facebook friend mary, and steve ware, who is a camera operator for jersey shore.
my new years resolution is the same: i sat in my house in front of the computer and decided i will go out and meet every one of my 324 facebook friends. by the next morning, i had eleven new friend requests and i’ve honored those. i have to meet those 335 friends in their home turf, or wherever they suggest (thank you brian brethauer for directing me to san diego two weeks from now for the science fiction convention!). i have become a lot better at getting on planes, getting out of the house, getting where i need to go.
upside: i have learned so much about people–mostly, that everybody thinks they’re odd and some are even ashamed of that oddness, but that–really–there is so much room for normal. and i’m sort of within range.
downside: i have gained six pounds. i feel quite like a snuffaluffagus!
ben has a job that he has set for himself, which is to create a film–almost like making a painting of what i’m doing. like i said, yesterday was his birthday. i felt kind of bad that he’d be with me instead of with his family. but he said this project–which is to say, his project–is exactly what he has always wanted to do. i asked ben’s assistant director brandon what he wanted to do if he could do any job. and brandon said “i’m doing it”. . .
the weird thing is even though i’m scared sometimes and sometimes i think my new years resolution is stupid, i’m doing the thing i most want to do–i think i might like to do this when i grow up?