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Our … Friends

New Year's Eve

Here are some faces that, if you know us, you may not have seen in awhile… or ever. These are our … Friends.

We spent New Year’s Even in Tampa (a fine meeting place if you’re trying to see the Gamecocks play football) with some old friends from Baton Rouge. The above group of people, Gopal, Richard, Elise, Mark, Dickson, Kendall and I (plus a few more) spent more or less every weekend together while we all lived in the same area code. However, we were slowly but surely separated by time and professional obligations; Dickson and Elise moved to Naples, Richard (whom you may remember from earlier in this space) to Detroit, Gopal and Mark to Findlay.

When we saw everyone this last weekend, it was the first time that we had spent time together, as anything resembling the whole group of us, in well over a year. It was very early into the two days together that things were returning entirely to normal as DooDoo played wingman to Gopal, Dickson and Gopal argued about USC/UGA, Elise and Kendall squealed and danced to terrible pop songs (I totally didn’t though), and Mark made jokes about the guys “parashatting” into the stadium.

When I talked to my Dad about the weekend, I started to say, “It was great to see all the ____________ friends again.” Then I came to the realization that I couldn’t fill in the blank. We are at a point in our lives where friends now defy labels. So far, we’ve had our high school friends, our college friends, our Ultimate friends and so on and so forth. It seems that everyone has had a reason to be your friend. Once you escape all of those seemingly predetermined destinations in life, your friends become just that, your friends.

So, while I think that some part of me will still seek to define who these people are to me, I can be sure of one thing: these are my … Friends and just as much as they are undefined so is this stage in life. I sure am glad that they’re around for us to walk through these undefined 20-something time.

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If you had told me that my last post about haircuts would have been the last one of 2009, I doubt I would have believed you. Sadly, neither Kendall nor I have been very faithful with this blog and, though I’m not one for New Years Resolutions (honestly, if the only thing that’s going to motivate me is an arbitrary time measurement, how likely is it that I’m going to follow through, not very likely I’d say), I’m making one.

I kept a pretty faithful journal all the way up until the summer after my Freshman year in college. I think it’ll be one of my greatest regrets when I look back on these last three or four years that I didn’t really transcribe. So, I’m making a resolution.

Even if Kendall doesn’t ever update this blog, which she won’t. I will stay faithful. That’s right nonexistent readers (except for you Teresa Mathis), you can count on me. This next year and the rest of our lives will be well documented by way of this website.

Things you missed in 2009: Engagement, Graduation, Jobs, Moving, Car Wreck, Wedding Planning, Friends’ Weddings, Peggle Wars, DT, SPRING BREAK, Skiing Shirtless, Trips to Jacksonville, Trips to the Beach, Ultimate

Things you’ll encounter in 2010: Wedding Planning, Bowl Games, Trips Home, Weddings, Honeymoon, Moving in Together, Married Life, Michael Going to School (?), Ultimate

Kendall and I celebrated the New Year on my couch with a five dollar bottle of champagne and a two dollar bottle of chocolate milk. It occurs to me at moments like this how lucky the two of us are. Texts from the Williamsons and friends, phone calls with my parents and the Eusdens and a kiss at midnight together. It’s enough to make someone else pretty jealous if you think about it.

Happy New Year everyone. I hope this one is the best one yet.

P.S. You won’t hear from us for a couple days because we’re off to see the Gamecocks play in Birmingham. Papajohns.com Bowl here we come!

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