Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Blogs, books, and buddies

Over at his blog, John Nery wrote about our serendipitous meeting at the book fair. Happy chances, indeed! Though John and I had never met before, I did see his ANC interview with Cheche Lazaro during its replay, so recognition on my part was immediate. That said, I'm flattered he recognized me; then again, I do have a cartoon face, so.... Bound by blog, John says, and I couldn't agree more.

But blogging is just one of the newer things that's bringing me in touch with other folks. Way before that, there were books. That realization hit me last night as I was chatting with my friend Mentat.

Mentat had read my post on my book fair purchases and he gave me a virtual nudge and wink over YM: "Pahiram, ha?" Suddenly I had a flash. Darn it! I've known this guy for what? Over twenty years? He's three years my junior and when you're in high school that's an unbridgeable divide, but somehow we hit it off. And now I'm even ninong to his girl.

That friendship has a history in books: the Robotech novels, Shannara, Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Dune, Wheel of Time, Clan of the Cave Bear, and comics. Not the most intellectual of fare, but who cares?

Now that I think about it, I can trace many of my friendships through a history of books. I suppose time will come when that will also apply to blogs.