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friends1I've heard before that men are able to see old friends and pick up right where they left off the last time they saw each other.  I now know this is a fact. On Thursday night, I went to a film at the Wisconsin Film Festival because a college friend of mine, Andrew Dickler was the editor of the film.  I hadn't seen Andrew or talked to him about 18  years.  However, when I called him on the phone it was like we had  just chatted the day before. Another one of my friends, Greg decided it would be fun to come in for the movie and visit Madison because he also hadn't been here in about 18 years.  Now I have to admit, Greg and I have had more communication since we graduated from the UW.  I've  probably talked to  him a whopping 7 times total on the phone in the last 18 years. Another one of  my college friends, Dan lives in Evansville and I didn't even know it.  He went out with us as well and there was no problem talking with each other.  It was like we just saw each other at the Union the day before. We all hung out on Friday night and  hit a few of the Madison bars.  There was never a lag in the conversation and we had some great laughs. We talked about our success and failure in relationships and work over the past 18 years.  No one was trying to brag.  I was interested in their lives  and they were interested in mine.  There was no competition with each other. At about 1:15 in the morning, we weren't sure if we should go to one more bar.  We were standing by the Capitol near The Inn on The Park Hotel.   Here was the ending conversation: Me: Um, I'm parked in the other direction. Greg: Well, I guess we're done. Andrew: Yeah, I'm going back to the hotel. (We all shook hands and there were some brief back patting) Me: Okay see you. Greg: Later, man. Andrew: Take it easy. And that  was it.  No long goodbyes or "We  really should get together more often" .  We were done and we knew it. I do have their cell phone numbers now and I know I could call them anytime.  Perhaps we'll talk again before another 18 years passes. Either way it's okay with me.

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04/04/2009 8:04AM
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05/19/2009 9:41PM
Greg Siegel
Yo-boy! Andrew must have been googling himself again, and he found this post by you. I agree with everything you say here, except that I hope we don't have to 18 to chat again. The end of the evening was sorta funny in its awkwardness, but it did sorta reinforce the comfort we all felt with each other, which was weird after so long a period of non-communication. It really was great to see you. Send me an email reply.
05/21/2009 10:29AM
Dan Cobb
I concur with Greg. Andrew forwarded this to me. That is exactly how it felt. I tried to explain it to my class, but they are too young to get it. We'll have to hook up at the next Wilco show.
12/22/2009 11:45AM
Tonie Hanson
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