Day 98: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: life is great when you get to do all three in a day. A day like today.
Starting with having brunch with my lifelong friend and mentor Bruce, to bumping into my old colleague Matt, to grabbing a drink with fellow IGNer Tate, to rounding out the night with dinner and desserts with my high school friends, I’m still baffled by just how many amazing people I have in my life.
I met each of them in wildly different ways, but purely through happenstance they all came together to create this blissful, perfect day. Wow.
Day 95: Christmas is but hours away and I’m still trying to ease into vacation mode. With a demanding job along with my tendency to over think everything, my mind is constantly spinning in a million directions and it’s been challenging for me to focus on the present.
A big part of my SF trip this time is to catch up with my friends and family. There are so many people I haven’t talked to in years, simply because I’m never around long enough to do so. Reconnecting with them will be a crucial part to reseting my life as 2014 approaches.
Day 59: My homies from SF came down to LA for a weekend getaway. The whole conversation started from how I’d never been to Disneyland and the next thing I knew there were four extra bodies sleeping at my shoebox studio apartment.
We had brunch the next day and they asked why I always give and go out of my way for everyone. But secretly, it’s really the other way around.
From my terrible jokes to my questionable driving to having to cram in a shitty apartment, they constantly put up with me when nobody else should.
My friends, they spoil me.
Day 51: My college friend Amanda recently stopped by LA and we spent a day last week catching up. She’s one of the very few people who I feel 100% comfortable around. From a terrible joke to a life-affirming hug, we’re always on the same page despite being miles apart or the (not that) many years since our college days.
She also happens to look and act exactly like Linda from Bob’s Burgers. From the funky red-framed glasses to her love for singing, I’m reminded how blessed I am to have a friend just like her every time I watch that show.
Day 39: It’s pretty much common knowledge among my friends that even though I love to hang out, I’m not really the type of person who will call up my friends and ask if they’re free.
It’s not because I’m stuck up or that I rather be invited than to invite. The reason is simple: the thought of “Hey, let’s call someone to hang out” hardly ever comes across my mind.
I’m actually quite content with my quiet life and I’m rarely bored because of it. It also takes away their obligations of shoe-horning me to things they know I won’t enjoy.
Day 38: My friends and I went to Chicago for a quick weekend getaway. We’ve grown a lot since we first met in high school, but it’s funny how we revert back to our teenage years whenever we get together.
But we don’t do what grown ups do when we travel. We rarely drink and we certainly don’t hit up rooftop parties. Instead we sightsee, make lame jokes, and laugh our way throughout the trip like crazy kids because it’s the one time we get to do so.
It’s simple yet magnificent; my friends hold the very last bit of my innocence.