Right, I just had this conversation with someone I haven’t talked to for the guts of about a year:
Me: Hey, what’s up? Long time no speak!
Him: Just finished watching Family Guy saeson 9, you?
Me: Well, since I last saw you I dropped out of college, started writing a gaming blog, got picked up by another blog, am struggling finding work days at my day job, and somehow can still afford to go to London next week.
Him: Not so bad.
Hey dude, you’re probably not reading this (in fact, the likelihood of you finding this blog post is about zero), but take one look at this conversation. Look at it long and hard.
I haven’t seen or talked to you in almost a year, maybe more. And that’s all the news you got for me in the space of ~12 months? Sorry dude, but that just puts things into perspective. You could have had an awesome answer in there, regardless of whether it’s good or bad, but I asked what’s up with you, and the only answer I got was Family Guy. See, this is exactly why I haven’t talked to you in so long. Because you don’t have anything interesting, relevant or funny to say.
Let this be an example of bad use of instant messaging, and getting in touch with someone from your past. You know, it wouldn’t have been that bad if the conversation had went on from there (in fact it did a little (emphasis on little)) but that was as good as it got. In fact he went on to say he was talking to me because one of his other friends had gone quiet on him for a few minutes. Gee, way to slap a guy in the face! I didn’t want or need to know that, so now I’m not first priority? But wow. I’m still reeling over that bomb. Not like I knew you that well, but yeah. When you haven’t bothered to get in touch for a while and never answer your texts or anything else, then you lay this on me, there’s a good reason I stopped trying and stopped bothering.
It’s the proverbial school reunion scenario. You see people you haven’t seen in a long time, you expect to hear what they’ve been doing with their lives, not what they just watched on TV. That’s just being lazy. Thanks but no thanks. But I think I’ll be better off not talking to you for another year again, after all, what all interesting could happen between now and then that you could omit to tell me in favour of what was just on TV or what you just had for dinner?