I MEANT to post so that I could publish at 12:01am. I guess I was too full of good Italian food (Veal Parmigiana) and the memory of an afternoon spent with good friends to keep my mind in the game.
The upshot? Don't let friends get away, drift away, or just wander to the ends of the Earth without an honest effort to stay in touch.
Good friends are hard to make, find and keep. When you have the chance, make sure you hug 'em and keep 'em close - no matter how busy you get, how many kids and other distractions there are in your life - just hold on to them.
I'm just sayin'.