A few months ago, I had trouble moving a couch.
I had just bought it earlier that afternoon and it was being delivered around 6 PM, so there I was waiting in my house by myself, thinking: “I need someone to help me move this couch.” For some reason, I couldn’t call anyone.
Even worse is that I knew some people were literally a block away. Alistair Croll lived a block from me then and I couldn’t bring myself to call him. This perplexed me more than anything– we are social web friends, we’ve had beer together, so why couldn’t I ask him to help me with my couch, even though it would have been no trouble?
I wonder if other people feel this way. If I know someone from the web, why are they on another level than a regular friend? Why aren’t they really in the circle until much later? Am I feeling them out, or do I not want to owe them– even for something so inane as walking down the block and moving a couch up a flight of stairs? I can’t figure it out.
But something will happen if we are on the web all the time and this is the only kind of friend we have. If we can’t call anyone in a time of need, not only will we be very lonely, but our backs will hurt from moving a bunch of heavy stuff.
There’s got to be a better way… right?
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