Just in the last couple weeks, I’ve established contact with Jeff, a guy who was probably my best friend in the mid-late-elementary years. He moved to another school, and then I moved to Tulsa, and we haven’t had any contact until this month, when he sent me an email via classmates.com. I’m not totally keen on those kinds of things, but it’s been a kick to hear about this guy for the first time in 25 years.
I remember him well, but I think that’s a time when you don’t really have much of a personality, so it’s weird to think that we could be friends now. He lives in Taiwan, so I expect we won’t establish contact beyond email for the foreseeable future. But we seem to have a lot in common. Mainly, he referred to the present federal administration as “fucking scary.” True, that. So now I’m looking over the past to look for signs foreshadowing our common worldview, at least as far as I can tell. We both lived in small-town midwestern America, which should have made us Republicans like Fred Phelps. But we’re not. Anything but.
So, I’m looking forward to learning more about Jeff. We were both in some of the “gifted” classes (Jeff considerably more gifted than I, as I remember), so maybe we had more curiosity about other people and ideas. ‘Course, that’s what the conservatives call the liberal elite, so maybe I’m full of shit.