Have you ever gotten a gift that’s thoughtfulness far outweighs it’s monetary value?

You mean, this car’s cash value is less than what it means to you, Christopher?

Nice. I wish.

I woke up this morning to a direct message on Twitter, sent last night by my friend Nathan Reimer. (I suppose the irony here is I’m posting his DM on a highly public forum):

“wish you were here with us at watkins glen tonight”

Included was the photograph above.

The point here is a very dear, old friend was thinking of me. And took a second to use technology, and a forum (Twitter) that’s usually expressly public, to single me out. It wasn’t even a pic of him or his gorgeous family; it was a sports car – vehicles we both love, harkening back to Europe – and of a locale close to his family (in-laws are in the auto business).

This is probably lost on most people, but I edited the photo with an old-envelope border reminiscent of letters I used to get from Portugal where Nathan grew up.


Heck yes.

But it has a point.

For all the naysayers, social media does work (or else it wouldn’t be so popular). Because it connects people along the thoroughfare of shared experiences and – therefore – memories.

So give a friend a memory today. An old one. A new one. But single them out. Then leave a comment below; I’d love to know what you did and why – if you don’t mind sharing. ch:



Glade · 10 Sep ’11 at 8:55 am

That was a wonderful idea, Sir Hopper! I sent an e-mail to a friend of mine in fencing class (I took lessons before I moved). I brought up classes where we had a lot of fun, and I sent her a picture of two fencers who had abandoned all reason and were dueling with two swordfish instead of foils!

(BTW, I was wondering if there’s been a slight delay in TLV? I don’t want to bother you, but I don’t want to be late again as I was with the finished version of ROTD!)

    Christopher Hopper · 10 Sep ’11 at 9:01 am

    Fabulous idea, Glade! Love the memories you pulled on, and the use of humor. Let us know the response! πŸ™‚

    Yes, there has been a delay, but I hope to have everything wrapped up today.

Nathan R. · 10 Sep ’11 at 12:24 pm

Thanks ALOT for singling ME out and sharing our most intimate moments. πŸ˜‰

All kidding aside, this topic rings true as many friends have moved away. I try to keep some connection but it’s hard even with all of the technology. Why isn’t everyone on Twitter!?!

Glad you enjoyed the pic and your post really helped bring back some great memories. Let’s plan our next adventure along the castle walls of Europe! Can you imagine what our boys would do?

    Christopher Hopper · 10 Sep ’11 at 2:50 pm

    Ha ha, my pleasure! πŸ˜‰

    Yeah, there are so many people I would FORCE to get on Twitter if I could. (Even more than Facebook).

    Dude, our boys in castles overlooking the east Atlantic? I’d pay to see that…

    …hmmm, maybe we should! πŸ™‚

    Christopher Hopper · 10 Sep ’11 at 2:50 pm

    When’s your next trip east? 2013?

      Nathan R. · 10 Sep ’11 at 3:15 pm

      Actually we’re hoping, praying, saving for later next year.

Will · 10 Sep ’11 at 4:42 pm

A picture of a GT40? Are you sure he wasn’t just teasing you? πŸ˜‰

    Christopher Hopper · 10 Sep ’11 at 6:51 pm

    Oh, he was…he definitely was…

    [wipes drool off face]

Michael Hensley · 13 Sep ’11 at 12:48 pm

I try to do this often Chris. Here’s one example.

I would go to lunch with a girl I used to work with and she always got a rice krispie treat from Einstein Bros. They were the size of a toddlers head! They discontinued them for a while, and after Stephanie quit, we saw little of each other and talked on the phone about every six months. It was on a lonesome trip to Einsteins one morning that I saw they began making the RKT’s again. I snapped a pic of one and text’ed to her with the note “I miss you”. She said she smiled, and that was all I needed to know.


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