My buddy just gave me a ring and postponed our hang out for this fine chilly day. Her mom and son have been real sick over the last week and she just wants to take it easy and take care of them today. I told her it wasn’t a big problem at all and that when the time came for her to get pierced, I’d be more than happy to tag along and be there for support. So no boobies for me today. Well, no stranger’s boobies for me today… ;^)
I was telling one of my friends about this and she always thinks I am crazy for meeting my on-line friends all of the time in real life. She always thinks I am going to meet these psycho people who would kidnap me and kill me or something. I have never really had a problem with meeting people on-line and I think it stems from my time at Rutgers. Back in 1993, when we first got used to this new fangled “e-mail” thing, we also found the “talk” feature within the UNIX system. Once we all got more familiarized in finding out how to look for people online using the “who” and “finger” commands, a new way of communication was born. Essentially, we found an on-line chatting system where a ton of people started meeting each other across campuses and eventually the world. Anyway, with that little bit of history aside, it was always very common to see students chatting with others across the campuses of the university and even more common to befriend people this way. I met a good 75% of my college friends via the “chat” feature of the UNIX system, so it’s no big deal for me to AIM with someone and meet them up the same day or something like that. I guess it’s what I became accustomed to. Heck, I’d love to personally hang out with everyone on my buddy list and that’s actually one of the little things I am going to start to work on for the coming years.
My friend is relatively new to this way of communication, so of course she’s much more wary of meeting people via this method than the typical way. I don’t knock her on it because well, the net can be a scary place to meet others and you sort of need to take baby steps. I can clearly remember meeting my first on-line buddy at school in person for the first time and it was fairly scary. But after those first few awkward minutes of taking in the new situation, things went on as if we knew each other for years. 11 years later, we’re still great friends who try to hang out with each other as much as possible. WOW, 11 years! Damn…
So, what are your feelings with regards to meeting your on-line friends in real life? Something you regularly do, something you would like to do, something that freaks you out or something you could never do? I’d be interested in what you all think of this topic.