I’ve lived in four different states in my 32 years — Minnesota for 24 years, New Mexico for 3 years, Maryland for 3 years, and now Virginia for just over 2 years. The first two times I moved across the country, leaving behind everything and everyone that I knew.
Needless to say, over the years and through these moves, I’ve lost touch with a lot of people. I often think about some of those people and wonder what has happened to them. As it turns out, my website is a great way for those people to find me.
For example, a few years ago, my sixth-grade best-friend, Lisa, stumbled upon my webpage and e-mailed me. I had not seen her since 1985 or so, when she moved out to the country to live with her Dad. While she was only 30 miles or so outside the Cities, that’s a long way for kids who can’t drive yet. We inevitably fell out of touch. I was shocked when I got an e-mail asking if I was, perhaps, the Barb that she had known. She mentioned our love for Star Wars and Harrison Ford, and I knew it was her. We chatted via e-mail for a couple months, and then lost touch again. I trust that we’ll cross paths again one day, and I look forward to it.
Of course, there are also several people who I was happy to lose touch with. Unfortunately, there is no way for me to censor my website from them.