Isn’t it funny when you start remembering things and people from years ago and the way we describe them?
I touched base with a very good friend from many years ago and we were chatting by e-mail about some of our old friends that we have run into recently. I couldn’t remember this one girl’s name so I mentioned she had big hair and was friends with that girl who dated Keith. My friend knew exactly who I was talking about.
It made me think of that line in Broadcast News when Aaron tells Jane “Ok, I’ll meet you at the place near the thing where we went that time.”
It doesn’t mean anything to anybody else, but when you’re talking to the right person who has the exact same memories as you, it means everything.
Every now and then I try to touch base with someone I haven’t talked to in a long time. Sometimes our renewed conversations last only a couple of e-mails, but sometimes it goes on for days and even winds up with a telephone call.
These e-mail conversations bring a flood of memories, most of them good.
I’ve been working on the screenplay quite a bit lately and going over those things in my mind, reading my journals and listening to the music from that time almost transports me back to the late 80s.
Ever seen that movie “Somewhere in Time” with Christopher Reeve? I know…it’s a chick flick. But remember when he wanted to go back in time he put on that goofy looking suit and started trying to put himself back in time? That’s sort of what it’s like (except I wear parachute pants and perm my hair).
How many of us would love to go back and re-live the last 20 years? Would things turn out the same way they did? Would we do anything different? Would we make better memories? (sorry if I’m sounding a little like Barbara Streisand…geesh, what’s wrong with me. I need to watch some wrasslin or NASCAR)
I wonder what our parents did to reconnect with old friends before the internet? I doubt they ever re-connected. Without the internet, those old friends would disappear from our lives, never to be heard from again.
Thank God and Google…we don’t have to do that anymore.