Have you ever made contact with an old friend not seen for many years? Today I talked with my very first friend in life. We first started playing together at the age of one year. When I was in my late teens, when my family left S. Cal, Dave and I lost contact up until today. I did see him for about an hour, twenty years ago, but not at all since. It was really great to talk with him again. He knows and remembers things that no one else on earth would except me. He was my closest friend for about fifteen years. But I have grown weary of long lost friends. Not long ago I made contact with a couple of old friends who, as it turned out, both had serious mental problems. A girl with whom I grew up now has severe bipolar disorder. The other apparently got into some bad drugs after college. On both counts it was really depressing to spend time with them. Rick actually thought that the TV was giving him secret messages! Though quite brilliant [a registered genius], he was always on the edge, even in college, but it was very sad to see how bad he had gotten in the course of fifteen years. In fact it was most upsetting and depressing. A person who is now one of my better friends, a guy in his fifties, once commented that of all of life's lessons, the transient nature of our relationships in life has been the greatest surprise. And I knew what he meant as soon as he said it. When we are very young we think that the people in our lives will always be there. But soon the work-a-day reality of life sets in, and one day we realize that we haven't talked with a former best buddy or school friend in twenty years or more. So, I guess people tend to come and go in our lives; that's just how it is. Also, there is a big difference between friends, and people that you happen to know, or work buddies. We are in fact very lucky to make even one or two life long friends.