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What little things do great friends do that sets them apart from others?

I want to become a more thoughtful friend and person. I don’t find myself particularly rude or selfish, but at the same time I don’t really go out of my way to brighten anybody else’s day or let them know I’m thinking about them. As an example, I’m really bad about keeping in touch with my more distant friends and I want to make more of an effort to check in with them from time to time.

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(Please note, use of “meatpuppet” here is highly ironic. I am all too aware of the fact that the body knows all sorts of stuff it doesn’t tell the brain, and that the entire brain has all kinds of information it never tells the neocortex, and that the neocortex itself does tons of work it doesn’t bother telling that little patch of the left brain that calls itself I and puts on airs. It’s a little bit like the Reagan administration: we just give the big guy plausible deniability by never letting him find out anything that might disturb his afternoon nap and jelly bean snack.)

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In an unprecedented show of solidarity with Axl, everyone in America, except estranged GNR guitarists Slash and Buckethead, will receive a free can of Dr Pepper if the album ships some time – anytime! – in 2008. Dr Pepper supports Axl, and fully understands that sometimes you have to make it through the jungle before you get it right.