Thursday, August 25, 2011

There's a Song About This

Anyone with a facebook can tell you how little the word "friend" can mean these days. I know out of the couple hundred friends I have on facebook, I speak to maybe 30 of them on a regular basis, some of those only in party situations, as big groups of people.

Few of them know who I am, who I want to be, what I want in life. Few know who I actually am, what I am actually comprised of. Those few would, for instance, not be surprised that I am currently blasting the Les Miserables soundtrack.

They know the me that is squashed at social functions. The nerd that emerges after a few hours of conversation is someone they embrace. Maybe they shake their heads, but they love me anyway.

I'm so glad I have these friends. I know of people who have few real true friends, and I can't imagine such a life. My few close friends keep me sane, keep me happy. I couldn't handle my family bombarding me at every moment otherwise.

Tonight I met up with two friends I met in Glasgow that live in the LA area. The three of us haven't gotten altogether since; two of the three of us would meet and vice versa, but never all three.

I don't know what it is about people you meet when you're abroad, but there's this almost instant connection. I'm sure it's because you're all away from home, it's a foreign place for everyone, that sort of thing. But these two girls are probably going to be friends I keep for years and years, when high school friends, college friends, have come and gone.

And it was so funny, all night we kept referring to Glasgow as "here", like we were still there. It made us all smile and laugh, and I was so glad to have that connection again. I missed them.

The fact that I found us a "pub" just made it all the better. Not that it was a pub, it was a bar in Hermosa, and nothing but a pub will ever be a pub. But we liked it, and it made us all go "awww" to see all the Underground signs.

We all want to get back out there. None of us like being stuck in one place anymore. The travel bug bit us all, and we want to GTFO.

Unfortunately for us, we are not made of money, so travel plans are thin on the ground. We're all stuck where we are, making money in a job and unable to leave for a vacation. We're all just waiting for the chance.

So that's all. I stayed home alone while my family (parents, brother, sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew) all went camping, just so I could go see my friends.

Worth it.

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