Island anticipation


On Facebook, there are six random friends that are displayed on one’s profile at any given time. Each time I refresh my page, six new faces appear. Without fail, every time I see these six faces, I imagine that I’m stuck on a desert island with them, and wonder how awkward or awesome that combination might be.

Sometimes, it’s really exciting: “She’s the kind of person that I would want around in a crisis, and he would probably make a really sweet hut. And that guy can be there just because he’s cute.” But other times, the make-believe awkwardness and discomfort wins out: “Those two would fight about religion, and he’s a know-it-all even though he doesn’t know anything, and she’s a vegan, so…”

This little game of mine highlights a really cool truth about my life: I have so many friends, and they are extraordinarily different. I have a few really close kindred spirits, but am also peripherally involved in many varied social networks. Each person brings something unique and noteworthy to the mix. I learn from each person, whether it’s about civil engineering, or what liquor goes into a Manhattan, or how to play a diminished chord on the guitar, or why turning 30 is going to be rad, or how to pair the right accessories with an outfit, or simply, what kindness looks like.

Friends, thanks for being my friends.

And obviously, I can’t wait for “Lost” to come back… TWO WEEKS FROM TONIGHT.


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  1. miranda on January 17, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    That’s a fun game. I’ve had a similar thought where I’ve tried to think of all my favorite people from different experiences/places in my life and who would get into what kind of conversations/debates if I invited them all to a party. The thing that is, though, probably some of my very favorite people wouldn’t really like each other. But it’s fun to think about anyway.

    I CANNOT wait either!! That day there will be much rejoicing.

    p.s. i had a typo in my first comment and i couldn’t stand to keep it posted…

  2. Nicolas Frisby on January 17, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    We live together or we die alone.

    Your posts in this new life of yours have been an absolute pleasure to read. Jack would be proud of your survival skills, I’m sure.


  3. Elle on January 17, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    The fact that you watch LOST just gained you tons of points in my book!

    Can’t wait for the premiere!! :)

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  5. Jeremy Parsons on January 17, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    I’ve had the same thought annie. It’s like we were birthed by the same mother.

    I tend to pick out the people that would have the worst “back stories”. And, would that extra baggage get them killed, or captured by the others? I wouldn’t – I think I’m most like Sayid. . .a torturer.

    Good Lord, bring us Lost quickly – and save us all from the endless “unscripted” shows on right now.

  6. ashley & jeremy parsons on January 17, 2008 at 11:32 PM

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    phew, I still remember them…I’m still a superfan.

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