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Going from Facebook to face-to-face

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POSTED August 25, 2009 2:24 a.m.
Cara Campbell spent a portion of her vacation making an effort to reconnect with old friends.

A native Californian, she currently lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with her three grown children, working as sales representative in cosmetics with her vast territory consisting of a good portion of Texas and Oklahoma.

But thanks to Facebook, Cara was able to touch base with a handful of her college friends from Fresno State including yours truly about her planned West Coast visit.

I know I was excited to see not just Cara but the rest of the old Wards group from that time.

We shared a similar experience of having to juggle work at the now — defunct retail chain with that of our college courses along with any extracurricular and leisurely activities in between.

Facebook is a popular social networking website that’s operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. I’ve been linked to the rather popular site about five months ago with hopes of reconnecting with old friends and colleagues. But our recent gathering was the first made possible by Facebook.

We were able to set a time and place as to where to meet in Fresno, with only a handful from this particular group still residing in this part of Central Valley.

Steve Walters came down from Folsom, where he’s employed as a prison guard at the prison made popular by Johnny Cash.

Brian Weldon works part-time in corrections at Avenal State Prison, and splits his time as a general contractor and AT&T. He and his wife, Christine, were the first to arrive at the sports bar owned by former San Francisco 49er defensive back Tim McDonald.

Neal Scharer, another old friend, transports pharmaceuticals to various towns throughout the valley.

Annette Watkins and Ruben Yescas were once residential advisors at the dorms.

Today, Annette is currently busy with social work while Ruben is in the insurance business as a claims adjuster.

Although it had been over 20 years since we were last together, it seemed as if the past had occurred just yesterday.

We sat around, laughing, rekindling old stories, and even making a few stupid wise cracks along the way.

While we had grown older and perhaps wiser over the years, we were, in many ways, the same people of character and value.

Now, I’m hoping for more get-together events like this in the near future, connecting with other circles of friends on Facebook.

It just takes a little effort.
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