WITH LACK OF FRIENDS LIKE THESE…

It seems that the younger one is, the easier it is to make friends with others. The stages begin as kids enter a school-type situation. Those same youth later become part of a group, club, or organization that meets for a purpose,. That morphs into entering their teen years as friendship establish as groups or as one-on-one. Those same teens later become “young adults” as they enter collage, the work/employment field, or some method of environment. Every one of these stages within domestic life are ways and methods to gather a group of people not related to one another through family lines as an opportunity to get to know each other. Some start off their friendship cycles as vague acquaintances. Others come more casual. and a selected few become rather emotionally close, given labels as “BFFs”, or as ones that hold a “bromance”. Some even become more than friends either with dedicated commitment or as one with just “benefits”.

It’s been stated through many ways and through many sources that friendship is very important for a person living a domestic life in these post modern times. This importance is based on one’s physical and emotional state of being. Human beings as a whole are hard wired as social creatures. Isolation is a mental aspect that can seriously ruin a person leading to death. One time Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy even took note that domestic society faces a loneliness epidemic that can negatively impact every aspect of physical and mental health. But whatever the case, one can have an army of friends, or one can have a close friend that can accept the other as their pal, chum, companion, best bud, or whatever term one can find to describe a friendship.

That is all good for that that is. However, this article started itself noting that the younger one is, the easier it is to establish a friendship with another person. Granted, that friendship may be just somebody one plays a game with and noting else. As one matures, one can use the other to discuss ideas, plans, or schemes that has been story fodder for too many TV sitcoms to note here. (After all, what would I Love Lucy be like without Lucy and Ethel, or The Honeymooners minus Ralph and Ed?) And depending on one’s personal preference, that “chum” can either become part of a domestic relationship (maximum) or a “F-Buddy” (minimum). The possibilities are endless!

Those nominations can really apply to those under the age of thirty-five or so covering the so-called Millennium and “Gen-Z” demographic groups. As one becomes older, possibly reaching middle age and even beyond, the art of establishing new friendships become harder. The reasons can vary, but many of these blocks of succeeding are based upon people’s own personal agendas. Work or employment may be of an issue. Raising or keeping a family may be another. People became “too busy” to form a friendship. Some even have the desire to get rid of the so-called “friends” they already have at the moment. Many want to only keep the list of people they personally know as what’s called “container” friends. These are the people one may know from their work environment, their school, their church or related house of worship, a club or organization they may belong to or hold a connection with, and so on. When the person is at the office, the classroom, the weekend services, the club meeting, etc., there is a contact with the others found within this setting. The bonding can range from small talk to the exchanging of ideas or thoughts. However, this communication as friends are only limited to the said office, school, temple, etc. If one decides to leave the workplace, school, church congregation, etc., chances that the friendship would continue would be rather limited or nonexistent. These people can also be known as friends for the moment and nothing more!

As one becomes older (say, age 55 and up), creating new friends can even become nearly impossible as by that age one is already established in their lives, and having to fit others in can throw things out of sync. The intentions to have somebody wanting to become friends with another may be of the good, but if the other doesn’t want the friendship for various reasons, then that friendship notion can fall flat fast!

This element is rather of a concern to the few since there are people that want to establish new contacts due to the dissatisfaction of what one may have as it is. Many of those senior communities that exist out there stress to the possible client that desires to buy into these places to live for the rest of their days state that their are groups or clubs that exist for social purposes. A good number of the senior communities that were built by Del Webb, perhaps the “granddaddy” (no pun intended) of the senior community development companies normally list the physical amenities that can be found within the property, such as community rec centers, athletic fields and play areas, and so on, also lists all of the clubs, groups, and organizations one can find within the community. They range from hobby clubs, community service groups, and physical activities teams that play for fun and entertainment. One specific senior community listed five different clubs devoted to clogging(!)

Of course, the facts and figures listed within this article can and do vary. Whatever the case, friendship, either establishing them or holding on to them can be an art or science to itself. There isn’t any real magic spell to make any of this happen. It all depends of who’s doing the friendship making and/or keeping, and who is on the other end of the spectrum. For those that have success if creating a bonding with others, then that’s great! For the rest of those that try to develop a relationship with others but can’t, then it might be for some reason that may be obvious or not. They may just not be into you—whatever THAT means!!
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NEWS AND REVIEWS

The 45th ANNIE AWARDS, celebrating the best in animation in media, was presented on February 3rd at Royce Hall located on the UCLA campus.

This year’s awards program was dedicated to the memory of voice-over talent June Foray, a co-founder of the Annie Awards and long time friend of the International Animation Society (ASIFA), who also orchestrated the category of Best Animated Feature for the Academy Awards.

Among the many categories presented for television programs, feature films, and video games (best storyboards, best character design, best writing, etc.) were a selection of special awards to commemorate those that made their marks in the animation fields.

The June Foray Award, going to the person that posed a significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation, was presented to Didier Ghez, president of the Hyperion Historical Alliance, preserving elements related to the art of the Walt Disney Company.

A Certificate of Merit, awarded to an individual or organization for the service, art, craft, and industry of animation was given to David Nimitz, who served as a personal assistant and companion to June Foray from 2002 until her death in 2017 at the age of 99.

A Special Achievement Award, for outstanding achievement in animation not recognized any any other Annie Award category, was presented to Studio Mdhr Entertainment for the videogame Cuphead, created in the style of a 1930‘s-era Fleischer brothers/Ub Uwerks cartoon.

The Ub Iwerks Awards, for the technical advancement that made a significant impact on the art or industry of animation, was awarded for the software program TVPaint.

The Winsor McCay Award, for the recognition for career contributions to the art of animation, was presented to a set of three individuals. (Four actually). The first award went to animator James Baxtor for his thirty-year presence in animation for Disney and DreamWorks Animation; Stephen Hillenburg, for the creation of the long running Nickelodeon cartoon series SpongBob SquarePants. And the third Winsor McCay Award went to Wendy Tilby & Amanda Forbis for their work in animated short subjects for The National Film Board of Canada.

Out of the many titles nominated for their individual categories, perhaps the most significant program achieved at the awards was for the Disney/Pixar feature Coco, that one every single award it was nominated for, making that title the real “winner” of all.

For the entire list of nominees and winners, visit the official Annie Awards webiste https://annieawards.org/
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