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Friends & Facebook

I’ve had something of a social life over the last six weeks or so. This is the first time I can say this in my ten years in Houston.

I went to a baseball game with one Houston-area blogger, went for a beer with another, and had lunch with yet another comrade blogger. 

It’s been good to get out. Though it has been a bit jarring. I’ve made friends at work and know a few people through my wife, but one-on-one contact with others outside of the wife and work has been a rarity in Houston.

For the last decade, I’ve conducted much of my social life via e-mail, cell phone, and in my one or two yearly visits back home to Cincinnati. I pack a lot of visiting in my Cincinnati trips. I plan them down to the minute.

( Please click here for a post I wrote about keeping friendships over distances of time and space.)

I keep a phone list with me, and call old friends when I drive down to Galveston or whenever the mood strikes me. Just a little effort goes a long way towards maintaining friendships over the long haul.

I can’t say I’ve been lonely in Houston. I’ve felt connected with others and talking walks and reading carry me a long way in life. I do suppose though I was getting a bit bored. I know that is what I found myself telling the wife.

I’ve also set up a Facebook account. My profile is bare bones. I imagine I’m waiting to see if I know anybody on Facebook.

Three people have linked up with me on Facebook in the four weeks I’ve had the account. Two are local bloggers. I’ve searched within Facebook for people I know, but they don’t appear to have accounts. 

Maybe they have other stuff to do.  

In any case, it is good to have friends in our often cold world. 

There are many good ways we can successfully approach and conduct relationships. 

It is excellent we have the capacity to know others and that we are able to be good and loyal friends. 

June 2, 2008 - Posted by | Blogging, Cincinnati, Houston, Relationships | , , , ,


  1. Your blog has such an amazing voice/tone, so easy to connect with. Bravo!
    Well, I am new to the blogging world. I was attracted to your blog because the title is similar to mine, except I’m in San Francisco.I’m a Poli Sci/Music student at UC Irvine and I have a facebook (like every other college student). You can add me if you’d like, ha we can be facebook buds. My full name is Alex Rosales and I’m under the San Francisco network and the UC Irvine network. I’ll definitely bookmark your blog.

    Comment by Alex Rosales | June 2, 2008

  2. Alex—Great to hear from you. I’ll link to your blog. And I’ll out you on my Facebook as well! In many ways, the best friends are the ones 2000 miles away.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | June 2, 2008

  3. I’m a parent and rarely get out with a few friends beyond the occasional dinner party or meeting for drinks after work. Yesterday, a friend called suggesting we get away and just have a guys day and go see Griffey Jr. hit 600. Nice warm day , cold beer, a good friend and a good game (no 600 though). Can’t ask for much else.
    By the way, Neil have you heard about this book? Pouring Six Beers at a Time by Bill Giles? I remember you as a stats and sports history guy as much as politics. You might get a kick out of it. Some Big Red Machine memories in it as well.

    Comment by carsick | June 2, 2008

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