Yesterday evening, I thought I was just about set to leave Texas, head north, and not look back. I had only one more Facebook friend in a Dallas suburb to see before I was done. My plan was to check into a cheap hotel last night, call my wife, zone out for a long while, go to bed, then wake up this morning, shower, shave, and leisurely prepare for my lunch date. After that, I'd be done with this monstrosity of a state. The whole thing would be carefree, relaxing, and perfect. But then things changed and, at the drop of a hat, I was behind schedule, stressed, and loving it.
When I began this journey, I had 302 Facebook friends, all of whom I needed to visit. Now, I've got 597 Facebook friends, but I've met with 182 of them. That means that, if I want to see them all, I still have 415 to go. So, I'm now actually further away from seeing all of my Facebook friends than I was when I began this project. That realization is as much disheartening to me as it is awesome. It's discouraging because there is no way I can possibly meet with all of my Facebook friends. But it's amazing because I get to meet up with brand new people, people that I wouldn't have had the opportunity to meet were it not for this mad adventure.
C is one of those brand new people. A week ago, I'd never heard of her, she'd never heard of me, and that was fine for the both of us. But then a couple days back, I got a Facebook message from another one of my Facebook friends, K (from Day 73), telling me that, if I were still in Dallas, I should meet with her best friend, C. I thought long and hard about pretending not to see that message. "Oh, snap! I didn't see your message until I was already across state lines. Sorry." But I didn't. Instead, I embraced the opportunity, the unknown, and another great day in the Big D.
And, not that it was her job, but C made it so worthwhile. Somehow, she managed to cram AT&T Stadium, the Fort Worth Stockyards, Texas BBQ, and Reunion Tower all into one crazywonderful tour of the area. She provided me with at least a week's worth of wonderful memories in the span of a handful of hours, all the while making me understand why K claimed her as her best friend. It was a great day, made even greater because of the realization that none of it would've happened had K not referred her to me, had C not been a willing participant, and had I not said "Yes!"