I've encountered people before who I've not seen in a number of years. Some have remained people worth knowing, some have turned into soccer moms/dads where their life is a 24/7 race with the Joneses, making sure their kid has more trophies than little Johnny next door, their minivan or SUV has more cupholders, etc. Still other people have gone into "organ recital" mode, where when interacting with them, they mainly talk about the operations done to them in grisly detail.
I encountered a person from my past recently, who takes the cake. I've not seen him in ages, and thought he was one of the better people I knew. He is now an absolute materialist. A choice statement or two when I met him for coffee:
"To judge a person of if they are even worth your time, look at their house, and look at what they drive. Any statements that the person gives to the contrary are just rationalizations, justifications, and self deception for a failed life. There is no better judge of if a person succeeds or fails in life than where they live and what they drive. If someone says, 'oh, I drive this Civic because I just want "point a to b" transportation', translate that as 'all I can get out of life is a crappy import car, and I'm too stupid to realize that and do better, so I lie to myself instead of actually doing something other than failing in life.'"
"There is no such thing as a friend. This," *holding up his key to his $80,000+ vehicle* "is far better than anyone who calls themself a friend. It always starts in the morning, it doesn't beg for money or drugs, and it will never lie because it finds it can do better by sucking up to someone else."
Meh. I just hope beyond hope I don't go in one of these bad directions. I already try to fight talking shop 24/7, and have to force myself to see what other people are doing.