Wednesday, August 31, 2011

No Romy, No Michele, No Grosse Pointe

Sitting at Costco Monday afternoon, I was thinking about the 20-year HS reunion. The deadline for discounted advance tickets is coming up [it's actually today]; after that date tickets will be $100 or so. I have been mulling over going to the reunion, while the friends with whom I maintain contact have no interest, as they're not interested in talking to anyone they might see at the reunion. I was feeling it might be nice to talk to some of our classmates and get an update on their lives.

But how many would reciprocate that sort of interest? Is it just going to turn out to be a gathering of the popular people? After all, despite networking with many of them on Facebook, I know how many of them actually respond to posts on their wall and the like. There are a few who do communicate, but the vast majority don't. (I haven't seen any indication that those who have been friendly will be attending the reunion.) Maybe it's too much to expect from a social networking website, but all the hype about networking with people from your past is rather bogus. Most people have moved on, and quite a few have done so physically as well. How many of our graduating class live within a 20 mile radius of the high school? A few have gone further, living in San Francisco, others have left the state.

There are limits to the number of people you can know, and people prioritize with their relationships. Typically their circles change as they get older. But shouldn't high school relationships have some sort of significance, if they are based upon a local community? We just don't have that.

It might be better just to save the ticket money for books than to go and end up not talking to too many people because they'd rather talk to someone else.

They finished repaving the street on Monday afternoon. The job was supposed to be completed on Friday; I heard that the crew knocked over a utilities pole in the morning. This was the cause of the brief power outage. How much did the city pay to contract the work out to a firm out in the peninsula? Even if it was a small amount, could it have been better spent on some sort of transition to the post-carbon age? Right in front of the house is evidence of the lunacy that Kunstler and others talk about -- the financing of an infrastructure (and auto-dependent way of life) that cannot be sustained.

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Recovering lost knowledge about exhaustion of the Earth’s resources (such as Peak Oil)
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