Metro Manila Community Quarantine - Day 701
While at O Bar yesterday, two different friends brought up how long we had known each other. It's already impressive to know anyone for 5 or 10 years, but last night we were throwing around numbers like 15 and 20 years of friendship - people who have known me longer than I've known Tobie. And those numbers can get a little jarring. But I don't mean that in a bad way of course. It's just so surprising.
I don't claim to have a lot of friends. I've probably lost/given up on more friends than I actually have these days. And thus the ones who are still in my life become all the more important. We're not getting any younger and it's hard to make new friends at our age. Thus we have to keep the friends we do have as best as we can.
Yesterday was also the anniversary of NetRunner Night - the day that Tobie and I first officially met up in person. It's a sort of weird anniversary event to have on my calendar but one that I continue to treasure. How many couples remember exactly when they first met one another, right? And it's telling that it's a few days before Valentine's Day.
I'm not the sort of person to celebrate monthsaries after a certain point in time. My anniversary milestones sort of scale with the amount of time that has passed. Doing something everything month becomes less meaningful to me when the length of your relationship can be counted in years. And I figure that I'll eventually stop counting years and switch to 5- or 10-year cycles if that feels better. The longer you're together, the "bigger" the milestones can be. But some things stand out here and there.
We don't necessarily do anything crazily special for NetRunner night celebrations. In fact, we haven't played the original NetRunner card game since that one night in case anyone assumes that we bring out the cards every year. We could, but we don't. But one thing I like to do is to try to arrange for pizza since it's what we shared that first night we hung out together. And that is a little harder since I'm on a keto diet, but not impossible. My only regret is that we can't get the same Shakey's Pizza Bianca anymore just like we did 12 years ago because of the carbs.
So yesterday I snuck in an order of a keto-friendly 4-cheese pizza while we were gaming. Tobie was roasting a chicken at the time and I just had to let him know not to cook the usual omelet he does on the side since I had another order coming. When the pizza arrived he was just mildly pleased with the surprise and looked like he was wondering why I had ordered food while he was cooking dinner. But when I reminded him it was NetRunner night, then he connected the dots in his head and flashed a big smile.
It did set a nice mental tone going into O Bar later that night. We had a good time with friends despite how I was beating myself up inside for screwing up arrangements with a dear friend who should have been there had I properly confirmed our plans with him. We somehow escape getting any tequila shots, but we had way more vodka than usual (at least that's how it felt to me) so we were pretty hungover when we woke up today. Still a good weekend overall.