I have only a few pals from high school that I still keep in touch with, mostly through my facebook account, as I am sure the case is for most people. One of my favorite things about facebook is its ability to bring together long-lost friends. A friend of mine in DC whose family emigrated to the US during the Bosnian conflict under cover of night was reunited with her childhood best friend via facebook last year. I came across some childhood chums on the site myself, although I feel like bugging them will make me seem like a stalker. But today, facebook places proved itself amazingly useful.
A few weeks ago I found one of my best friends from high school on facebook. We were pals beginning in 9th grade, when I looked him up in the phone book to call and ask him why all the boys liked a girl I found fairly unmemorable. Somehow, this started a fast friendship, and we became study partners, car restoration co-conspirators, partiers in crime, et cetera, et cetera, despite having pretty different social circles and school personas. He joined the Navy after high school and has since been traipsing around the world working on fighter jets ever since. It's fitting, since he restored his parents' Chevy Camaro Berlinetta when we were in high school.
We were last in the same place in 2000, when I worked in Seattle and he was stationed at Whidbey Island, WA. The economy whisked me off to Sacramento shortly thereafter and he went to Spain, Bahrain, Illinois, who knows where else over the past 10 years. Now, he's back in California, but near LA, but happened to be in Nevada for some secret Navy work thing and decided to go to Reno with some friends yesterday. It just so happens, I went to Reno with friends yesterday myself. So when I checked facebook this morning to post some inane status update about my partying ways and saw his facebook places checkin- "Nursing a hangover - at Eldorado Casino & Hotel," I freaked and posted a hysterical message on his update. Then, realizing he probably wasn't glued to the computer like I always am, I sent him a facebook message and an e-mail with my number. He called me 10 minutes later. I met him at the buffet and we chatted for about 45 minutes before I had to run down the mountain to beat the snowstorm. It was so great to see him again and it really made my weekend. Hooray for facebook.