Phrase Nick hates in 3......2.....1....
It's obvious....one of those things that need not to be said. But the fact remains that it is true. People do change.
For me....living in Japan...it's odd to see people change when they live thousands of miles away. Surreal doesn't really even begin to describe the feeling really. Not even sure there is a verb to describe it....gonna have to make one up....Facebookization.
....lemme expound on that.
So in olden times, you move across the ocean, away from classmates, family, and friends. And unless you call those peeps...they change. You can hear it sometimes in their voice...but you cannot see it. And then, 10 years later, you go to the high school reunion and learn that Sally Q. ended up marrying Burt Reynolds.
Or you are in the grocery store, checking the ripeness of watermelons (note: this is not done by drop kicking them across the veg aisle. Learn from my mistakes!) and you run into James to find out that the once musclebound, jock guy who gave you noogies is now....a woman. Who goes by Jammette.
And you see those changes and you respond with a , “wow! Well whaddya know...that person changed!” and that's kinda it. Maybe you remark about it to some friends or family...and then in a week you forget about it.
That was several years ago.
Now, with Facebook...it is easier to keep in touch with family and friends....sure...but it's a bit more than that.
You see the changes. Lemme expound a bit more.
Say you run into Sally Q., and learn that she is getting married after not seeing her for a couple of years! Big news, right? But your brain processes it and you go about your business. Now with Facebook/Myspace/Yourspace/whateveryourareusing, you
*see that she is engaged
*see that she has started shopping for a new dress
*see that her best man/bridesmaid is James/Jammette
*see that the guy she is getting married to...is your 3rd cousin thrice removed
*see that as time approaches the wedding, pictures of her look different
*see an announcement 3 days before the wedding that she is expectinga bouncy baby boy
*see that during the wedding photos, she went into labor, causing the camera man to fall over. She gave birth to a girl
*see that 3 years later, she has divorced Burt Reynolds, and is now dating the bestman/bridesmaid...Jammette
You see what I am talking about? Is it not odd to witness...in not real time..but in close to realtime..people you know...but may never meet again in person...changing? To see them changing? Their beliefs, appearances, tastes, locale, EVERYTHING....it changes.
Well...it's a bit weird for me at least. Especially being in Japan, where most of my friends still know as, “That crazy place that has robot ninjas and underwear vending machines”(one of those is true...) and my family know as, “the place with that language that isn't Chinese but it sounds like it to me when you speak it.....”. I see my friends/family being professors, becoming lawyers, in university (cousins), getting married, touring other countries of their own...and it's..it's.....yeah. There is no word to describe it. But it's odd to say the least. Which is to say the most.
And this is why I usually never write about the random things going on in my mind. But, today..you get to see it.
Now if you excuse me I need to go change my pants....INTO PAJAMAS YA LOON! No, I did not have and accident. Sheez.