Sunday, November 18, 2007

old friends and phone calls

I just got off the phone with a friend I haven't talked to in over three years. My friend J who I used to work with way back when who has lived in FL now for 7 or 8 years. Last time I talked to him we figured out was three years ago. His dad died that summer and I remember him calling me to tell me that and that he was engaged and getting married. We lost touch because he never realized he forgot to give me his new address and phone number and e-mail after he moved in with his then fiancĂ©e. And it never occurred to me to see if I could find him through the computer. 
Out of the blue he called me tonight (he tried calling me the other day, in hopes my phone number hadn't changed, but I wasn't home. But he got my voicemail so he knew it was still my number). Just like we've always been, it's like there was no time between conversations. We talked for almost 4 hours on the phone. We talked his cell phone battery dead and he had to plug it in to the charger to call me back. We've always been like that too. We ALWAYS talk the phone dead when we get on the phone. There are so few people I can talk to for hours on end with no breaks in conversation and he's the same way.  
I even used to have some eerie mental thing going that I would know before the phone even rang that he was calling. But weirdly enough, I have been thinking of him the past few days, wondering how he was doing.  I think about him now and then quite a bit, wondering how he's doing but he's been on my mind a LOT lately for some reason. And then he calls tonight. Really bizarre. So I guess that wavelength is still there , if a little rusty. I've never had anyone else I could do that with but I always used to know he was calling me without ever seeing the caller ID.
We never dated or anything like that but we are very dear friends, and have been from the first time we met. We just clicked immediately and knew we'd found a friend for life. If there is such a thing as soul mates (but not in romanticized definition of the word), then that would probably be us.
It was so nice to hear from him again. We had SOOO much to catch up on (and still more we never got to I'm sure). Some things never change I guess. As he has told me a million times, that's the mark of a true friendship. You know each other on such a deep level that it doesn't matter if it's been 10 minutes or 10 years. You pick up like no time at all has passed.
And now I actually have his address and phone number and e-mail so I can make sure we don't go three years between contact again.  :-) 
And it was a wonderful pick me up since I've been down lately. Ever since I left PA I get depressed this time of year, knowing I'm missing family Thanksgiving, which has always been the most special event my family and relatives. I get sad knowing I'm missing it.
And I've had some other stuff on my mind the past few weeks two that has been weighing me down.
So now I have a nice warm fuzzy to carry me along a while, knowing I got to talk to one of my very best friends in the world, whether we ever get to see each other or not. Last time we actually saw each other was probably 7 or so years ago. I forget exactly how may years it's been (sorry M and J!) but the last time I saw him was when I was in CT for a wedding of two good friends. He lived an hour or so away and we met up the one night. Talked ourselves hoarse that night I think as we walked the beach in the park and caught up on each other's lives. And we almost got locked in to the park too since we talked very late into the night and they have gates across the roads into the park that they close when the park closes.


you look
but do you see

you hear
but do you listen

you touch
but do you feel

you know
but do you understand


you ask I answer
but do you notice

you hurt I cry
but do you realize

you are happy I smile
but you are blind

you break I put you back together
but do you appreciate


I am here but you don't come
I care but you don't sense it

I am here




Sunday, November 04, 2007

computer update

Circuit City FINALLY came through for me last night. I took my computer back to have them see why the USB ports didn't work when they did before I took it down   AND they reinstalled the drivers. This guy was super helpful. I think because he could tell when I talked to him on Friday I was at my wit's end and ready to start crying again.
I took it down yesterday morning around 10 and he called me about 6 to say it was ready. He said he had a heck of a time figuring out what was wrong and spent a good bit of time on the phone with Dell to ensure he did everything correctly. (BTW, as it turns out the guy who worked on it the first time two weeks ago is no longer there. Not sure if he quit or was fired but I got the impression he was fired or he quit because he knew he was going to be fired.)
Anyhow, long story short, the guy yesterday discovered I have one bad USB port and that's why the computer kept freezing. Every time I tried to use that port it messed everything up. But the other port works fine. So he said as long as I remember not to use the bad port, I should be fine and it'll get through a little longer without having to buy a new one. So I put a piece of tape over the bad port so I don't accidentally plug something in to it. He even told me to bring some of my USB port peripheral stuff to test and see if they worked before he gave me back my computer.
They worked! So now I'm in the process of reinstalling everything AGAIN and had to set up my Outlook all over again. But I was able to plug in my external hard drive and access all my files so YAY!!!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

XPOST: My October reads

Another pretty decent reading month for me. Twelve full length books and one short story so I've been on a reading roll for a few months now. Granted 7 of those are audio, but hey a book is a book is a book. LOL The one in brown is the short story.
Faery Rose: A Legend of Ireland by Linda Carroll-Bradd (eBook) - Short Paranormal Romance/Light Fantasy
Moon's Fury: A Tale of the Sazi by C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp (print) - Paranormal Romance/Shape Shifter
Thriller Anthology edited by James Patterson (audio) - Suspense/Thriller
The Dead Room by Heather Graham (audio) - Paranormal Romance/Ghost/Romantic Suspense
The Witch Is Dead: An Ophelia and Abby Mystery by Shirley Damsgaard (print) - Cozy Mystery/Paranormal
WINGS IN THE NIGHT BOOK 12: PRINCE OF TWILIGHT by Maggie Shayne (audio) - Paranormal Romance/Vampire
Warriors of the Light: Dark Truth by Lindsey McKenna (audio) - Paranormal Romance/Shape Shifter/Dark Fantasy
Hell on Earth by Jackie Kessler (print) - Paranormal Romance/Fantasy
Call Me Wicked by Jamie Sobrato (audio) - Category/Pranormal Erotica/Fantasy
The Island by Heather Graham (audio) - Romantic Suspense
Chill Factor by Sandra Brown (audio) - Romantic Suspense
The Empath by Bonnie Vanak (print) - Paranormal Romance/Dark Fantasy/Shape Shifter
The Esri Book 1: The Dark Gate by Pamela Palmer (print) - Paranormal Romance/Dark Fantasy


Currently reading:

Garden Spells by Susan Addison Allen (audio) - Contemporary Women's Fiction/Fantasy

The Dollmaker by Amanda Stevens (audio) - Thriller
Th Medusa Seduction by Cindy Dees (print) - Romantic Suspense
Soul of a Predator by Angela Verdenius (eBook) - Paranormal Romance/Futuristic
I had hoped to at least finish the Stevens and the Verdenius this month but didn't quite make it. Will in the next few days.

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