every winter, there comes a time when weather prognosticators get their groove on. and an outpouring of forecasts, each more apocalyptic than the other, scares the bejesus out of chicagoans. today, the general consensus is that the upcoming snowstorm will be worse than, ahem, the snowstorm of 1967. the winnetka community house has already announced it will be closed. ohare airport, out of which i was to fly off to tallahassee, is on full ground stop for tomorrow. and mc kato has been forced to postpone the concert he was to do at my house. his dj and the rest of his posse are going to try again later this month. it will be the “welcome back for a little while” concert for my face to facebook project. sometimes i am reminded that friendship requires flexibility. especially in the face of the elements.
i thought this past weekend that a friend had defriended me. and further, when i tried to email her, i thought i was being blocked. i felt awful. a little rejected. a little concerned about whatever i had done to have her not want to count me as a friend anymore. then i did something totally retro–i called her. she said that no, she was still my friend and i wasn’t being blocked but that she had deactivated her account for a while. the reasons are not for discussion here, but i hadn’t known you can deactivate and then reactivate and then presumably redeactivate again. i learned from f2fb #4 winston chang that many people on active duty in the military deactivate their accounts so that if they are, say, held hostage, their captors can’t use information gleaned from their page in order to harm them or their families.
and this is not to say that i haven’t been defriended because i have been by one person since this enterprise got started.
regardless of the weather, i’m fighting my way onto the first flight out of chicago to tallahassee so that i can see my facebook friend justin leiber, who is also my father.