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Chris Christie seems to have many childhood friends still in his life. Fortunately for all of them, there are plenty of jobs at the Port Authority and, if not, they can always make one up. But as the story breaks that another Christie childhood friend is a Port Authority cop involved in Bridgegate, the story circles back yet again to Christie's childhood, I look at my own life and the lives of those whom I know and realize that it seems kind of unusual for persons in their 50's to maintain such ties. I would think that, as people mature and grow and move up and move on, all but a very few, if any, childhood and school friends cease to abide in most people's lives.

I no longer have any childhood friends. I'm not complaining. I reckon that most people my age (mid-60's) no longer have childhood friends. I don't doubt that there are plenty of folks who do still have childhood friends. There's nothing wrong with that. But I'm guessing that most people don't, and, of those who do, their childhood friends are a pretty small part of their lives.

The foregoing ideas represent hypotheses extrapolated from the experience of a single person among billions currently living, me. For the sake of testing said hypotheses with a few empirical observations, I am posting this to ask fellow Kossacks to share their experience with the retention and endurance into later life of active relationships with childhood friends. I'm not talking here about mere Facebook friends or someone you used to know and still have a last known address for from an old greeting card. I'm talking about childhood friends who are still actively part of one's present circle in a persistent, deep and meaningful way, you know, friends.

What do you observe in your own lives and the lives of those around you? Am I looking where there is nothing to see, or do these flashbacks to Christie's childhood signify something about the Governor and the kind of person that he is? Give it a thought, click the poll and leave a comment. Please. I really want some feedback on this.  

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." John Kenneth Galbraith

    by LeftOfYou on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 09:33:06 AM PST

  •  Are they really friends? (5+ / 0-)

    Or are they his long-time victims?

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 09:45:54 AM PST

  •  Pigs at the trough (4+ / 0-)

    and other animals who crawl out from the woodwork and from under logs (etc), to feed.  

  •  My experience is unique in that my family moved (5+ / 0-)

    a lot during my youth. I don't even remember my childhood friends. However, I live in a community where many people have never lived anywhere else. Many have maintained friendships from their youth. I wouldn't be surprised if they have recommended each other for jobs. OTOH, if you're a manipulative crook, it's best to surround yourself with those you can trust. And who better than old friends?

    •  ^This^ (2+ / 0-)
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      HappyinNM, agiftagain
      OTOH, if you're a manipulative crook, it's best to surround yourself with those you can trust. And who better than old friends?
      Most Republilcan politicians would appoint other Republican politicians. Christie does not seem like the loyal type, I doubt he is doing this solely to help old friends. He wants people he trusts to do his bidding and keep their mouths shut.

      Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

      by Dirtandiron on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 11:48:48 AM PST

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  •  Continuity? (5+ / 0-)

    Have they been in continuous contact? Or did they re-establish their early relationship when Christie's star was rising?
    There are people that I run into in the small town I live in that I was in elementary school with. I wouldn't call them friends, we weren't friends then, but then, I have nothing they want (and they have nothing I want). I still have a couple of friends from High School and that was 35-40 years ago.
    I notice that my nephew's generation, wired as they are, maintain friendships that launched in high school or college and because of social networking tools, maintain contact, where, in my generation, most of those relationships died of distance.
    Christie has been dynamic for a long time and it's not surprising that he would have lots of "friends", that they would re-establish, particularly when he got into a position to help their careers as he obviously is willing to do.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 10:01:14 AM PST

  •  As he climbs the ladder he gains more old friends (3+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Dirtandiron, agiftagain

    especially since he has been cultivating voters for many years.

    Also, it's best policy to give jobs to unqualified people who owe their success to you because loyalty.

  •  I'm almost 70 and I still have a group of friends (4+ / 0-)

    from Kindergarten to tenth grade that I still keep in touch with and for whom I care deeply.  When my family moved away to another state, we kept in touch and still do.  I also have friends from my second high school also.  We just had our 50th reunions (both high schools) last year and I went to both of them.  I've moved around a lot, but I guess I could say I have friends from every place I've ever lived.  

  •  Try the word Entourage on for size. Or Posse. (4+ / 0-)

    The use of the word "friend" in this context seems incorrect -- I think "associate" in the mob sense could be closer to the mark.

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 11:01:33 AM PST

  •  the treble part of soprano cronyism /nt (2+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron, LeftOfYou

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 11:09:15 AM PST

  •  I still have several friends I've known... (0+ / 0-)

    ...since 1st grade. I'm 54 now so I guess we won't be shaking each other anytime soon.

    I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!

    by itsjim on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 12:29:00 PM PST

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