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The Ghosts that Haunt Me
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Having woken up at 12:30 and not being able to get back to sleep for the last three hours of my "night," I got up and puttered for a while, fished out my new cheques to pay the rent, and was just trying to figure out what I could use this time for until I could nap, when the phone rings.

It turned out to be Jessica, who I'd been friends with in high school and who I hadn't seen for at least six years except for a brief chance meeting about four years ago. We chatted and got caught up with each other. She's married now, not to the guy she was seeing when I last saw her, has a two-and-a-half year-old son, has got out of the party scene, met new people, moved around, moved back to Mission, and has recently been staying home to take care of her son.

Time, and our perception of it, can be so strange. Learning of high school friends who've gotten married, bought houses, had a child (or two!), and the like have stopped shocking me as they once did. I'm unmarried without plans to change that, seeing two wonderful women who share my lack of desire for children in the immediate future, and just generally feel like my life has only begun. It's strange how people's lives can be so different once we forge our own ways after the conformity of high school.

Anyway, we're going to get together and do more catching-up sometime soon. Maybe even later today, if I can get some more sleep before the day wears too thin.

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Just clued in as to why I've had that great old Pulp song, "Disco 2000", in my head all day. It's 'cause I read your post this afternoon!

I said:
"Let's all meet up in the year 2000.
Won't it be strange when we're all fully grown?
Be there at 2 o'clock by the fountain down the road."

I never knew that you'd get married
and I would be living down here on my own,
on that damp and lonely Thursday years ago.

Oh what are you doing Sunday baby?
Would you like to come and meet me maybe?
You can even bring your baby.

Bloody depressing nostalgic nonsense! :-) I've gotten over my friends getting married (hey, I've even gotten over me getting married!) and having babies (in fact, I wish more of them would have babies so I don't need one of my own - I can just borrow them). Friends getting divorced is pretty rough, though.

OK, time to go to bed before I get maudlin on ya ;-)

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