This week's weirdness comes courtesy of Classmates.com.
Yes, I have a profile up on Classmates.com... which has actually done me very little good. Sure, it's allowed me to get send a message or two to a few people I haven't really thought about for 15 or 20 years. A couple of them even wrote back once.. or twice. All the people I really want to find don't seem to want to give Classmates.com a try.
I got a message this week from K., a woman who is in my high school class. She wrote:
Hey Dr. Geek, thinking of you glad you are doing well you look great would love to talk to you, love K.
This was rather suprising, since I don't remember K. and I being great friends in high school and I'm not sure that we had many friends in common. I need to consult a yearbook to even remember what K. looks like, though her name is familiar. The tone of her note also struck me as a bit up close and personal given that I don't think we've spoken since the 10 year reunion back in the late 1990s.
Taking the optimistic view that it might be fun to talk to someone from The Land Of My Birth, I decided to write back:
Wow... K... there's a name I haven't heard much for a long time! Glad you liked the pics. The "now" one was taken the night my wife and I were attending a formal charity ball. How are you? Where are you? What are you up to these days?
I was just trying to play things safe. You know, keep it casual and see what I could find out about why K. decided to come out of the woodwork.
I just heard back from K. yesterday and her tone seems even more unusual:
Hi. I'm doing great got three kids now still living in The Land Of My Birth on the South Side of town we just put in a pool! I still work for (company name here) and love it. well, I would love to talk to you one on one would your wife mind if I called you? Love you. K.
I don't know what to make of this message. Maybe she doesn't like to send e-mail. A lot of people don't.
Past experience makes me wary, however. If I got a message like this back in my online dating days from someone out the blue, "Danger Will Robinson! Danger Will Robinson!" alarms would be going off in my head. Not that she is necessarily a "Fatal Attraction" waiting to happen. Instead, I take it as a sign that she and I have different ways of relating to people.
on 2006-05-17 at 8:03 p.m.
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