Of course we could have asked ....
It's logical to expect that mutual friends tend to appear in the address books
of our friends in which we appear. Thus it makes sense that even though we may
have lost contact with an old friend, someone with whom we're still in contact
is still in contact with that other person. That being the case, there's little
reason to be surprised when we suddenly stumble across the name or email address
of an old friend on a mass-forwarded message. We then excitedly copy the address
and put it into our own address book.
But it's then, of course, that the questions start. Do I really have anything
to say to this person? Is there any reason to actually attempt to reestablish
contact? And of course these questions stem from something even more basic. We
probably knew all along that if we really wanted this person's address we could
have gotten it from someone rather readily, but we didn't. So, now that we have
it, is there really any reason to use it?
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