I just wanted a quick word on the whole "friends by appointment" thing. Apparently, most people DON'T like it. Most people LIKE the whole "spontaneously dropping by unannounced" gig. It is friendly. It is open. It is warm fuzzies and girl talk and feeling like people like you.
Everyone likes friends. Everyone. I could quote that whole "no man is an island" thing, but - well, actually I can't quote it.
So whaddya say we be Brazilian this week? Do you think you can make a friendly visit "just because"? Tell them I made you if you need some sort of excuse. I'm very interested to see how this experiment will go. I will take part in it, as well. (Though I concede it is exponentially easier for me.) And let it be said that even if this experiment passes with flying colors, don't do this every day. It gets annoying.
Most importantly, SMILE. Brazilians are always, always smiling. Their lives could be topsy turvy - their refrigerators might be empty - their mothers may be dying - but they are still smiling.
(This is my friend Geny, and I love her smile.)