January 21, 2007

Old Friends, Older Friends.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 2:33 pm

Once again, I will be heading to the Post to sip a few cocktails and hang with The Usual Suspects. I’ve known most of them for about twenty years, so they definitely qualify as old friends.

Last night I attended a wedding (my Best Man’s daughter), which was attended by a handful of friends I have known since high school and at least one of them since seventh grade. I hadn’t seen them in more than thirty years. The Bride’s father didn’t tell me they were coming, and he didn’t tell them I was coming. He only told them that there would be a “surprise guest.”

Although we’ve all changed in thirty plus years, we recognized one another instantly, and in two minutes the thirty years evaporated. Everyone’s hair has turned gray to one degree or another and a couple of the guys have lost much of their hair (I took a fair amount of ribbing for having kept all of mine).

Even though everyone’s appearance had changed (thirty years will do that to you), I noticed that none of their voices had changed at all. When I closed my eyes when people were talking, it was 1968 all over again. We were seated at the same table, which gave us plenty of time to re-tell old stories, laugh hysterically and generally have a great time.

At the end of a terrific night, we exchanged phone numbers, e-mail address and promises not to let another thirty years go by (as if any of us will live that long).

I, for one, intend to keep my promise.


  1. Beautiful.

    Comment by Jean — January 21, 2007 @ 2:53 pm

  2. Sounds like my kind of reunion.

    Comment by Libby — January 21, 2007 @ 3:55 pm

  3. … we had a very similar night on Saturday night…. those times are hard to beat, Jimbo…

    Comment by Eric — January 21, 2007 @ 7:32 pm

  4. Jim – Wonderful, wonderful.

    Comment by MCPO Airdale — January 21, 2007 @ 7:55 pm

  5. Man, if that ain’t the feel-good post of the year.

    Stole my thunder, dammit, since I was just gonna write about my friends of 17 years (since high school).

    Hey…here’s to friendship.

    Comment by Erica — January 21, 2007 @ 8:33 pm

  6. Oh, that’s wonderful! Those types of reunions are the absolute best… 🙂

    Comment by Richmond — January 21, 2007 @ 8:56 pm

  7. jim, the feeling is mutual. you can bet your sweet a__
    i will never allow that much time to go by. here’s to a never ending friendship !!!
    your friend,
    mike (wit cheese)

    Comment by mike s. — January 21, 2007 @ 10:34 pm

  8. yep.

    and speaking of that, aren’t you due for a blown-eyed reindoctrination ceremony soon? i know i am. way over due.

    Comment by shoe — January 22, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

  9. jimbo, thanks , the bassman

    Comment by bass — January 22, 2007 @ 7:47 pm

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