In the past, it is true, I have made various levels of friendship publicly available. There is, first,
- The General Friendship Plan, which involves a general acknowledgment of your existence, and other privileges including personal greetings when meeting in public.
- The Silver Friendship Plan, under which I include you in my computer address book and promise to remember your name.
- The Legacy Gold Plan, in which I will pay at least passing attention to any births, deaths, and weddings in your immediate family. This level also includes a guarantee that I will remember the names of your spouse and children, and that I will invite you over for dinner occasionally.
- The Friendship Executive Circle, which includes a spot on my cellphone speed dial.
So don't be surprised if you get an e-mail from me indicating that, in my effort to tidy up this one aspect of my life, you have been identified as unneeded and that I am therefore uninviting you from my life.
There is a possibility that a few positions could come open upon the death of any of my current friends. In that case, it might be possible to make a few additions. So if you know any of my current friends, you'll know what you need to do to improve your chances.
Like everyone other person I know, I have an increasing need for efficiency. It's just one of the costs of living in the modern world.