f2fb friend #199 jonathan boyd grew up with a dream–he wanted to be a commercial pilot. to be the guy who gets us all where we need to go. so he went to the air force academy to learn to fly, fulfilling that dream while also serving our country. he discovered that he has horrific vertigo when he’s at the front of the plane. the air force asked him to consider working as a navigator which is an even harder job for someone with a tendency towards vertigo.
jonathan was forced to give up his dream. a lot of people would become bitter. a lot of people would find it tough to go on. but jonathan has a quality i admire and wish i had–he’s flexible, he’s sunny in his disposition, and he truly accepts what life gives him. he’s a genius too, although he’d never admit to it, and our country is lucky to have him working as a project manager in defense work right now in huntsville, alabama. he took all his skills and all his training into a new direction. i like that.
we met because jonathan and i both play online scrabble. we have a mutual friend, f2fb friend #10 john and 11 alice lafond. john sometimes challenged both jonathan and me to games. i always lost.
i had never jonathan met before, but he directed me to the blue plate cafe in huntsville which was just a few miles from the hotel i stayed at. the boy scouts were there, with their cameras. they took this shot of jonathan and me.
jonathan was mildly disappointed he wasn’t facebook friend number two hundred, and i suppose he has a point because while the number has a lot to recommend itself, it is–within the context of the thue-morse sequence 199 is an odious number.
i thought i was going to meet f2fb friend #200 on this trip. and that it would happen in huntsville. because decatur, just a few miles outside of huntsville is the home of samuel scruggs, a facebook friend i have never met. samuel is the cousin of another facebook friend, f2fb #32 reggie gholston. i have tried everything to get to see samuel–messages and posts to samuel, calling the phone number listed on his page (it’s out of service) and have asked reggie to intervene. but samuel won’t respond.
so i gotta ask as i leave huntsville partly with success and partly in defeat. .. .