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By Priscilla Garza
e-Buddies Program Manager, Florida

In this feature of the e-Beat, we will profile one of our many fantastic e-Buddies pairs each month! If you would like to be profiled, please e-mail Priscilla Garza at .

This month we are featuring Eric and Bill!

Eric is from Arizona and is matched with his e-Buddy, Bill, from Washington D.C. They have been matched for 5 ½ years and have exchanged over 900 e-mails!

Bill said their friendship is special because, “Both Eric and I are on e-mail all the time. We don't e-mail every day, but when we do e-mail we generally exchange e-mails in bunches. Eric also travels quite a bit - he often sends me e-mails from all across the country (Arizona, Oregon, Massachusetts) or sometimes even overseas (France)! I wish I could travel as much as he does!”

When asked what he enjoys about e-Buddies, Eric replied that he likes to “exchange e-mails, tell jokes,” and he especially likes “finding good deals now on the internet.” He also likes to share the good deals he finds with Bill.

Bill said he enjoys that Eric is, “a bit of a jokester, and he likes to give me a little bit of grief for my choices as a consumer (restaurants, electronics, computers, etc.).” Bill’s personal favorite? “I'm a pretty tech savvy guy, but Eric's got me beat. I haven't gotten around to purchasing a PDA (Palm Pilot) yet to organize my calendar or my contacts, but Eric is all over it. He's always ribbing me about it and telling me to get with the program. Sometimes, I think he might actually be moonlighting as a PDA salesman!”

When he asked what he enjoys most about being involved in e-Buddies, Bill said, “I love that, on any given day, I can just shoot Eric a quick e-mail to say hello. If I'm having a bad day, getting an e-mail from Eric can really brighten my day! It's such an easy thing to just send out a quick e-mail, and I can't speak for Eric, but I really love hearing from him. Hopefully, he gets as much out of it as I do.”

Congratulations to Eric and Bill, our e-Buddies of the month for December!!!


If you know someone who you would like to nominate for e-Buddies of the month please e-mail Priscilla Garza, e-Buddies Program Manager for Best Buddies Florida at

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