24 A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Sorry for the blog silence, but God was in the process of teaching me a lesson. The phone setup in our hotel Wednesday night wasn't conducive to hooking up the laptop, and when we got into our extended-stay place in Lakeland last night, the laptop proceeded to not want to display anything, just showing gray gloop.
I tried it again this morning without any luck; that was hard, because with the close quarters of our digs, working on the computer is one of the few things I can do in the "dark" while Eileen's still sleeping. Without the computer, I was left to playing a pocket video Yahtzee game in the bathroom after I got up about 7 and Eileen needed a couple hour more sleep.
With an unresponsive computer, I was left without access to the Internet and my blog buddies. I even seriously looked at getting a new laptop, only to have the $700 HP that Best Buy was showing be sold out; I was ready to put a $1000 on my credit card to get back on-line ($950 plus tax before $250 rebate).To be blunt, I was going through the blogosphere DTs. My fears about not finding a job or not finding an apartment in a tight rental market were being compounded by a lack of connection to my on-line friends.
Yes, friends they are. That might seem trite, but there is a real community here in cyberspace. The contacts I've made of bloggers in 'meatspace' are real and show that there are real, caring people behind those blogs.
However, the lack of contact with my blog buddies pointed out the lack of meatspace friends that I have. Eileen's just about the one soul-to-soul friend that I have who I can confide in whole-heartedly. The blog DTs were God's way to get me to strive to make more real-world friends; call that an early New Year's resolution if you will. After a real good cry over the issue, I decided to give the computer one more try, thinking that instead of Ol' Sloughfoot being behind the outage, that it was God using my DTs to get the message of friendship through.
Well, the computer booted up in safe mode, but it booted up. A restart later, I'm back to blogging.
I've got a lot of friendly acquaintances at church but few good friends; however, as the verse points out, it's the friends that really make things work. I need to remedy that in 2005. Pray that it be so.