My girlfriend Squee and I live almost 800 miles apart, but we're really good at meshing our lives together at a distance. We schedule time to go visit one another. We send each other care packages. We have little routines for all sorts of things. Once a week we have a over-the-internet game night, where Missy, Squee, and I play electronic board games together and just spend time with one another.
And we talk, a lot, about everything and nothing. (That's really important, to do both of those things. It's all the little ways in which you get in a partner's head. So, we share our triumphs and tribulations with our jobs, talk about the vicissitudes of our friendships, goals, dreams, everything.)
One of the neat effects of that is it's a kind of mental sifting of all sorts of things. Old memories come up, get dusted off, revisited, shared. I'll stumble across a book I like, a movie, talk about a food I'm cooking, or an old song I like.
We were experimenting with a Skype replacement today, an app called Duo, made by Google, that's good for 2 person video calls. The video got all out of whack, like an old poorly dubbed karate movie. (Those movies have a horribly politically incorrect but funny name, they're called Chopsocky movies.) We both laughed about it, and I told her how it reminded me of this song I like, that I hadn't thought of in ages, that was a fake chopsocky movie as a song. I told her I'd seek it out again, I couldn't quite remember who made it. I bet it had a video too, and that it would be a hoot.
Well, I did. And it is. It's "Ninja Tune" by the band Hexstatic.
It's amazing. See and hear for yourself.