I enjoy the various social media's available, mainly because I'm very nosey; and very lazy! I would like to be a celebrity stalker but can't be bothered to travel in search of my targets. The fact that I can now "follow" them on twitter and also follow my friends on Facebook usually satisfies my nosiness!
I also have a real issue with losing touch and will spend ages trying to track down people I knew years ago; and I send Christmas cards to absolutely anyone I've ever met! It is something I should curtail as I'm sure not everyone wants to stay in touch with me!
Anyway just before Christmas I got back in touch with someone I used to work with years ago; we had been in a team of 4 in the Civil Service working for a department which if I say it's name out loud everyone will Boo & Hiss! And I would never dare mention the section within that department....
The 4 of us (3 girls, 1 boy) got on so well and had many a night out together at the time. Over the years the 3 girls (now women) left to have families and take new career paths and the boy (now nearly 40) moved on within the Civil Service and we gradually lost touch with him. I finally caught up with him (after a lot of hard work on my part) just before Christmas and we chatted all evening until my voice had gone altogether!
He had lost touch with everyone we used to work with and I surprisingly, had not. That evening I posted a 'photo of us on Facebook and tagged the other 2 members of our team to request a night out, all four of us back together - so much to catch up on.
As soon as the photo went up I had hundreds of messages wanting to meet up (with him mainly, not me!) Someone else took the idea and ran with it, set up a dedicated facebook page and sent out hundreds of virtual invites! There were even messages from Australia from ex-colleagues wishing they could join us.
So next week we are all meeting up at a local Indian restaurant, there will be at least 15, maybe 20 of us and I'm very excited, and also nervous. Some of the people I last saw when I left to have my first baby, nearly 17 years ago. A few I've seen since but not many, I'm sure we've all got older, not all of us have got wiser. But there are none of them I don't want to see , we are all the same vintage, in the late 80's the Civil Service took on a lot of young people and mothballed a few oldies and we really did enjoy working together. Office parties were phenomenal and we were the right age to enjoy them - due to the nature of the job no "outsiders" were allowed in the building so it was a case of "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" If you can liken Vegas to Norwich??
So in the next week I will crash diet, dye my hair, shave my legs, ebay a new frock and no doubt have a few butterflies in my tummy, wish me luck!