socrates called last night. he vented. co-workers, friends, and exes. they got equal time. at least "the plague" didn't take him. he's an unhappy sick person. granted, i don't know anyone who is happy when sick, but he was in a particularly cranky state. but, he's hoping to come to my neck-of-the-woods this weekend and wanted let me know that he'd like to see me, if i'm available. yay! i miss him. he's a blast to hang out with.