This weekend, I was down in the Los Angeles area visiting lots of friends – it ended up being even more friends, because this weekend happened to *also* be the yearly alum event for my college’s “house,” Blacker, called the Associates’ Tea.

Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing old friends, and I also kind of enjoy meeting some new younger people (the next generation of Techers)… but I do sometimes feel the strain of reconnecting with folks that I knew but with whom I made a clean break. I know I can’t really even think about staying in touch with more than my Dunbar’s Number (150) worth of friends. And because of the way I connect emotionally with friends, I feel some psychological pain when I’m kind of at my limit but feel sort of obligated to