I have a discussion question that I think might be kinda fun….
In an online forum I’m active on, people were talking about the fact that making friends online these days is pretty common. You post on a forum, you get to know others, and pretty soon, you start thinking of them as friends. You might even end up meeting them in real life. Yet, there’s probably a large segment of the population that still thinks this is weird.
That got me to thinking: Are there any weird places that you’ve made a friend that you have a difficult time explaining to others? Because I have the perfect example….
Years ago, while I was in grad school at UC San Diego (studying microbiology), I went on a Caribbean cruise with my family. On the cruise, I met a guy who was also there with his family. He was about to graduate from college in Pennsylvania as a bio major, and was thinking of moving to San Diego to go into biotech, seeing as how the city is pretty much a mecha for that industry.
I gave him my contact information, he came out for a few interviews, I showed him around town, and he ended up moving here and we became friends. And that’s when the awkwardness began. Because I’d invite him out to meet my friends, and my friends would ask how he and I knew each other….
All I’m gonna say is, there is absolutely NO way two guys can explain that they met on a cruise without it coming off as anything but GAY.
So, it became something of a running joke for us.
Anyway, do any of you have any friends you met in a non-typical setting that might create some awkward misunderstandings? How do you handle it?