Facebook, texts and e-mail optional. Actual conversation recommended.
Greeting [Hug, handshake, secret society signal]
Them: Hey [Bro, Buddy, Honey, My Man, Sweetheart, Sweetcheeks, Hot Stuff or actual name if recalled]. How are you?
Them: So, my [wife, significant other, family, coffee klatch, coven, paramilitary group, Illuminati subcommittee, tribe, friends, colleagues etc.] and I are headed to [the shore, our camp, Chautauqua, music festival, etc.] next week/weekend/August. It’s a pretty low key interesting crowd. Would like like to come along? You’d be welcome.
You: That sounds nice.
Them: It comes out to about $200-$300 a person. Do you mind sleeping on a sofa?’
You: Sure, I can swing that. No problem.
Them: There’s a hammock out back and canoe/kayak rental and cycling nearby. We’ll cook most of our meals. We might go out to eat once or twice.
Me: Sounds nice. I can bring some groceries and a bottle of wine to share. I can help cook and clean up. I would enjoy that.
Them: We may have some plans. You’re welcome to join us for some or just chill on your own. I know it’s been a rough month/year/life/millenium.
You: Sounds like what I need. I may do some writing if I feel like it, and bring my harmonicas.
Them: Um, yeah. That’d be good to do while we’re out. We’re leaving [date]. We’ll carpool split gas/taking our own cars. Coming back [date].
You: Sounds good. I’ve got plenty of vacation time. Plus I need the break. Feel like I’m going to lose it some days. I’ll go ahead and schedule the time.
Them: Great. Give you call to touch base.
You: Thanks. Looking forward to it.
Parting hug, handshake, fist bump, what-have-you.
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