Friday Five

1. Would you say that you’re good at keeping in touch with people?
Not unless I can keep up with them online. In other words, if I don’t see you every day, you better have an e-mail address if you expect to hear from me!

2. Which communication method do you usually prefer/use: e-mail, telephone, snail mail, blog comments, or meeting in person? Why?
E-mail, definitely. For one thing, because I can type fairly fast. I have a split second chance to think about what I’m saying before I hit the send button, I have a written record of the missive if I need it (that legal secretary in me)….

3. Do you have an instant messenger program? How many? Why/why not? How often do you use it?
I used to have ICQ installed at the prodding of my niece, who had just moved to Las Vegas and was homesick. Then I added some of my Z31.com buddies. But I found them wanting to chat at length, and it would always interfere with whatever I was doing at the time. At that period of my life (Fall 2001), I was taking a couple of online HTML/Web Design courses and I was focusing on that. I then found myself setting the ICQ mode to Stealth, so people wouldn’t know I was online. Well, if you have to do that, why bother? Then shortly thereafter, I purchased Zone Alarm Pro (software firewall), which goes nuts when ICQ is running. So I uninstalled ICQ.

Now, when I want to chat with my Z31 buddies, I just use mIRC. It lets me go to a central place where all my Z31 friends are, and when **I** am in the mood to chat. It’s not one on one chat, its a chatroom and I love it. When I’ve run out of things to say or want to leave, I just exit the proggy. When it’s running, I’m on it, and when it’s not, it’s not hogging my computer’s resources.

4. Do most of your close friends live nearby or far away?
I have several “dear” friends, one lives in Austin (about 80 miles away) and the other is back in my hometown of San Antonio (about 200 miles away), and my brother, who is just north of San Antonio on Lake Medina (about 250 miles away).

5. Are you an “out of sight, out of mind” person, or do you believe that “distance makes the heart grow fonder”?
It depends on how close that person is to my heart. If they have me there, such as Robert, my old friends, my brother, then they are NEVER too far away. (Especially as long as we both have Internet access!) Otherwise, you can be right under my nose and you may as well not exist. I am very good at ignoring that which I do not care for.

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