I was in Ann Arbor Friday for a closing. (IE; The sale of a house). I got there early so I had lunch at an "old haunt" and walked a bit about town. I lived in Ann Arbor for 15 years...about 14 years ago. I acted on a hunch, and found a phone book. Looked up the name of an old friend, dialed the #,and got through. "We're havin' a party tonite. C'mon by". Well, it was an extra 150 miles because I lived 50 miles away. It meant going home, and driving back again, to only have to drive home again, at a much later hour. Well heck, I'm a sucker. After this experience, I can testify that I was never more comfortable around my old friends than I have been around "friendships" I have made in the last 12 years in my new town. These are "High" School chums, and unlike the "mature" relationships I have made in adulthood, I was totally relaxed, and we talked about anything, and everything without admonishment or judgement. But much snickering and hilarity. I just wish I would have dropped in sooner. I realized that while my old friends haven't changed much, it's the first time in a long time I was able to unwind at a party. When I go to parties as an adult, there's some much decorum, posture, and talk of accomplishment. I prefered talking about The New York Dolls, etc., and how stupid we all used to get. I went home and played "Mandolin Wind", and got all sentimental. Has anybody else experienced this with "old friends"?