Alright, I’m picking back up with the theme I announced last week. That is, I’m going to go back to answering questions about slow travel that people ask me since we are firmly ensconced in our lake house for the next several months.
I’ve got an interesting and kinda blunt topic this week.
Do Amanda and I really have friends anymore?
The short answer is, yes, of course we do. We just don’t see them very much anymore.
But the more nuanced answer is that our friends tend to come in two (non-mutually exclusive) varieties:
- Old friends
- Internet friends
We’ve made a lot of friends throughout life: high school friends, college friends, work friends. And the rise of the internet and social media in particular has made it amazingly easy to stay in touch with those friends.
So we do just that.
We keep in touch with close friends via text, email, social media, etc. Although, truth be told, we don’t always do the best job of keeping in touch. But, we do tend to make up for that as we travel, figuring out who we know that’s in a city and making it appoint to grab dinner or drinks.
And then we do a good bit of socializing online. Our business, Hit Subscribe, has a lot of folks, a vibrant Slack community, and weekly, digital hangouts. This provides a nice supplement to the aforementioned media interaction.
But, in spite of keeping in touch with old friends and virtually hanging out with new friends, I’d be lying if I said we had the social lives that many of you probably do. There’s no neighborhood crew, mutual children in school, drinks at the bar after work, etc. Our lives are solitary, relative to most people’s, as we wander around.
So, we have to opportunistically make new friends wherever we can, with whomever we can, regardless of concerns like mutual interests, similar backgrounds, or even species.
- Last year, we sold our primary residence, put all that stuff in storage, and promptly hit the road. Now that we’re back at our house by the lake, we find ourselves with two houses’ worth of stuff for a single house, which includes a bunch of extra beds. I recently learned that Goodwill and a number of other places won’t, for sanitary reasons, accept mattresses. But, the Salvation Army will. So if you want to donate something like a mattress (in good shape), give them a call or a visit.
- I recommended this recently on the Freelancers Show, so I’ll give it a nod here. If you’re an aspiring or new free agent, I’d give Million Dollar Consulting a read.
- And, finally, this is kinda weird, but I can’t recommend my new dentist enough. If you’re in the South Bend/Mishawaka area, give them a call. The dental aspect of the practice is great, but so too are the bedside manner and patient experience, which includes a TV on the ceiling to watch during cleanings and massing chairs for patients.
- On a recent episode of the Freelancers Show, we discussed the subject of working with clients and subcontractors in other countries.
- Amanda and I did a recent Facebook Live video about the subject of starting a business with your spouse.
- Here’s a video on the Hit Subscribe Youtube channel about why you’d refurbish a blog post.
- And, finally, here’s some written word. I live-blogged a talk about “containers are just another piece of the puzzle” from Sonatype’s Nexus User Conference.
And, as always, have yourselves a great weekend.