@ Finkelstein, Right?! We had a very restrictive filter back then! LOL!!
@ blondie, yeah, I hated that crap. These people have their number and could easily call but instead have the nerve to ask. When I stopped attending and my spouse continued they would constantly ask her about me when they could easily have phoned me. I remember one time I drove her to the memorial and then picked her up. Upon picking her up I viewed from a distance but still managed to hear a friend ask about me to which my spouse said "oh, he's good! He's actually right there in the car if you want to say hi." The friend quickly said he didn't have time and would next time but to say hi to me anyway. This just further confirmed it was a cult with conditional friends.
@ DD, I think I may have spotted you at one time! LOL! I could always spot these guys in the hall ways walking up and down looking, smiling, and at times talking with those pretty ladies!
@ DOC, great way to get them thinking.
@4thgen, this is very true. To us it was a very BIG social event. I remember hearing somewhere that it was like the JW Oscar's. Everyone was dressed up and couldn't wait to see everyone. It's normal to feel that way. When I first stopped attending I was mad at the world. Then came the regret period. Then the nostalgic period. Today, I'm as happy as a clam and could care less about all those conditional friendships. Interestingly enough, prior to walking away completely, I actually cut off everyone even though I still attended. I knew that the day would come where I would have to make the hard choice to avoid everyone and eventually those same people would stop talking to me. Although I must say some people when they see me will still say hello and just be polite. Others that I knew were real zealous won't even look my way when they spot me. I get a giggle out of it every time.
@MNIONC, Yep!!!! As soon as I reached my seat and settled in I'd get out the program and I'd go straight to the end of the day to see what time each day ended and how long the lunches were. LOL. What a life!!! LOL!!!