Old Home Week

Old Home Week

Among the many joys of the web, and perhaps more pointedly search
engines and blogs, is the ability to find people, relocate people,
regain contact or at least be able to keep tabs, even if afar, with
people from the past.

It has been like Old Home Week hereabouts for about a month. 
Maybe that makes it Old Home Month, but why reinvent a new hackneyed
phrase when there's already a workable one that fits?

Of late I've been in touch with an old college pal.  He lives
relatively close by.  We'd been in touch about a decade ago, and
via the net are in touch again.  Good to know that he takes his
kids to Yankee games.  We're going to get together very
soon.  Another college buddy, someone I hadn't been in touch with
since around 1973 or 74, sent an e-mail, and we've been exchanging
correspondence.  He sent a timeline covering the decades and
associated life events --amazing and compelling reading.  I hope
he and his wife will come to NY this summer, attend a Yankees game with
us, and catch up in person.

Then there's an online friend with whom I am in and out of contact on a
haphazard  basis (and for whom I must clean up an area of my place
in order to find some tapes that I really should return.  Tapes!  That tells you how long it has been). 

There are a few old business contacts with whom I'd never be in touch
without the net.  They comment on blog posts here, or on things
they see me writing in other places (usually other blog
comments).  We communicate via e-mail, and often those e-mails
will be a direct comment on a blog post, as opposed to a posted comment
here on the blog.

And my oldest friend in the world, a fellow I've known since I was
three years old, sent me an e-mail through the blog last week. 
And, bless his soul, he, too, has remained a lifelong Yankee fan. 
I'd Googled him a few times over the years, and despite seeing a few
listings with his name, could never find an e-mail address or any other
locater.  What a thrill to hear from him again.

There's a Yahoo group for the teeny little school I attended from grades 5 through 12.  Sure, a Classmates dot com (you know, that annoying banner ad and spam service that uses reuniting as a basis for intrusion)
site exists, but the idea of paying that site for e-mail addresses is just too
overall appalling for any sort of serious consideration.  Some
alums of our little school are are posting on the Yahoo group, and also
sending e-mails via the Classmates site to alert others tocome join us
for free and unfettered over at Yahoo.  Many of us remain in the
New York Metro, so we will get a multi-year reunion together one of
these days.

E-mail remains the main communication resource for us, and it has
maintained friendships and contact that otherwise would have fallen by
the wayside.

There are also some people with whom I am not in touch, but yet I
follow from afar via the net.   Many of these are business or
professional contactcs from my radio days, some are people I knew in
other times, other endeavors.  They aren't necessarily friends,
but they are people of interest.  The internet-- meaning Google
and/or their blogs--  enable a continued view, update or new
source that otherwise would not exist.

Who knows?  Now that I am posting this, maybe more names will
appear.  Old Home Week, here on on the blog, here on the web.