That’s what she wrote. Then she wrote:
We met at a U2 concert in New Delhi, India. You were walking backwards & stopped to light my cigarette w/ your Elvis Zippo. We became instant friends. You were Indian and I was American. You loved to take advantage of my ignorance and told me that chai was some magical potion that would make me feel like I was flying. You took me to your chai walla and bought me a glass. My head spun and I fell into your arms, your dirty fingers to my lips. “Shhhhhh…,” you whispered, “here comes a dragon.”
Will serendipity ever show an end? I think and hope not. You see, just recently, over the past two months, I’ve mentioned to a few friends that I’d love to get into writing short stories. Just random ones… maybe make a form that people can submit raw ideas… like what you do with an improv troupe…. and I’d flesh out the story. Only an hour or two a day.
This was a wonderful opportunity. How we met immediately came to me, and this was my response:
I don’t remember being Indian… I thought it was in Spain… when I was wearing my rainbow bright socks, and a sweatband while rollerskating (yeah… quads) the wrong way while everyone else was running from the bulls…. you threw down a massive chain of salami links from the 2nd story, and swung me to safety. When I finished climbing through the window, I took my skates off, caught by breath, and jumped on you in gratitude… which was when the aged floor crumbled under the combined weight, and we fell through into the marshmallow fluff factory below. A sticky situation indeed. The rest of the evening was spent drinking good Spanish wine, enjoying pleasant conversation about our mutual world travels, and trying to remove the remaining fluff.
Lisa and I became fast friends… speaking in our first conversation as if we’ve been friends forever. Many personal topics were broached. Many personal questions were asked. Many stories of world travels were shared.
For those people out there who try to differentiate between Social Media, and the real world.. I urge you not to. Sure, you can do certain things in person that you can’t do over the web… but the people out there– they are your friends, your lovers, your clients, your audience, your believers, your community. And you can always meet up in person later.
Are there memorable people that you’ve connected with instantly through Facebook?