Rochester, NY

12:05 PM

Holiday weekends are always socially active. The newspaper in Rochester wrote that the night before Thanksgiving was the biggest going out night of the year. My age has caught up with me. I stayed in Wednesday and Thursday and Friday was reserved for a pretty mellow house party with some people I hadn’t seen in a few months. Saturday morning was a meeting to go over the marketing section of my book proposal. The meeting was great, with about 20 minutes spent on the proposal and the rest of the 3 hours talking about life, politics, spirituality, money, business, and a lot of other topics. I can always talk for a long time with Brad, one of my interview subjects and now one of the people I like to talk to about things.

Last night was the time to head out. My friend Ted was in from Philly and we went over to Sean’s to start. There was a good group there, with people from Maine and Cleveland and Virginia. The holidays bring people home.

I love the connection of eyes when you haven’t seen someone in a long time. Your eyes meet, you give the person the once over to make sure that it is them, and then smiles and handshakes and hugs. Then all of the memories pop into your head about that person. Last night I had to have that with at least 5 people. I hadn’t seen a few of them in 10 plus years. The eye lock and then the memories. These were my high school friends and a lot of the memories dated back to sports, other friends, and wild party days. Some make you think about people that aren’t here any more. I can write about these memories for hours, but all I will say is that when you are 17 and 18, you have nothing to worry about and therefore your brain and body can do things it can’t at 30. Out until 5 AM and then up at 10 AM to do it all again was nothing. Now, no way.

It was great to see all of them and the night was fun. I bet Ted’s drive back to Philly was rough. Mo’s to Maine may not have been that fun either. Football day today with some good ones. More writing and book proposal stuff this week.