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It's the late 80s/early 90s all over again. Posted on 07/30/2001.

So, in the past few weeks, I have come into contact with a number of people I hadn't seen for around 10 years. They include:
- A guy I went to high school with. We were best friends in 10th and 11th grade, and then had a falling out. We used to geek out together big time, reading fantasy novels, playing with computers, making animated videos, etc. etc. He emailed me a few weeks ago out of the blue, and we've finally been able to have a phone chat and catch up. He, of course, rattled off a number of names I hadn't thought of in years.
- My first-semester college girlfriend, to whom I lost my virginity. We had reconnected via email a couple of years ago. She phoned me recently, in a work-related context. It turns out she went from being a math major to industrial engineering to human factors to usability and is now a "user experience consultant." How often is it the girl you first slept with ends up in the same newly-defined field as you?
- A girl who lived across the hall in my co-op junior year. She was eating at my neighborhood cafe. Looks pretty much the same after 10 years. I walked up to her and said, "Did you live in Cloyne Court?" She affirmed that she did, and we did the catch-up-on-whole-life-in-5-minutes thing. I had a crush on her back then, bolstered when she and her roommate threw me a spontaneous little birthday celebration (I have an 'early birthday', schoolyear-wise, and so it tended to not get celebrated with new school friends) in 1991. It was a sweet gesture that I've always remembered.

And now it's my turn. I just Googled a guy I hung out with lo those many years ago, found out he's been fabulously successful, and might now be living in the Bay Area. So I emailed him. We'll see.

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M U S T S T O P -- too many 'user experience consulting' jokes!
Posted by chip @ 07/30/2001 10:51 PM PST [link to this comment]

too many 'user experience consulting' jokes!

It's what the kids are studying these days in lieu of Human Anatomy 101.
Posted by jkottke @ 07/31/2001 04:16 PM PST [link to this comment]

about the virginity confession. uh, bad discretion to post.
Posted by a reader @ 07/31/2001 06:14 PM PST [link to this comment]

huh? 'bad discretion'? since when has 'discretion' been a guiding principle of this site?
Posted by peterme @ 08/01/2001 09:13 AM PST [link to this comment]

Toooooo much information. I have to agree with the "discretion" comment. Yuck.
Posted by blah @ 08/02/2001 05:25 AM PST [link to this comment]

then, um, feel free to go away. i don't mind criticism of the site, but it ought to be constructive.
Posted by peterme @ 08/02/2001 11:00 AM PST [link to this comment]

Yuck. I agree. I would go to other blogs if I wanted to be privy to a person's sexual details. But I don't. Don't you ever remember being grossed out by hearing details of your parents or teachers' sex lives? Like, you just don't want to know!
Posted by another reader @ 08/02/2001 09:08 PM PST [link to this comment]

ewww. peter has sex? like a real person? he's not just an information architect head on a stick? c'mon people. move along. i suspect this is becoming a bigger deal than it actually warrants.
Posted by yet another reader @ 08/02/2001 11:22 PM PST [link to this comment]

peter has sex with unfortunate infrequency. oh wait. is that tmi?
Posted by peterme @ 08/06/2001 05:44 PM PST [link to this comment]

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