Because I need to procrastinate, and I've felt extremely lonely lately, I'm going to try to focus on something sort of happy for a change. Inspired by Sarah Davis's post, I'm gonna write something for the most influential people in my life, listed in chronological order. Even if you guys don't read your messages, this will be interesting for me to look back on some day. Here goes nothing.
Part I: Middle/High School
Jennifer: I met you in Ms. Lightfoot's fifth grade class when I was ten years old, and you were my best friend for years. We did a ton of stupid shit together, watched a ton of Beavis and Butthead together, and we were rather inseparable during middle school. It was because of you that I turned into such a goth, and you were there when I had my first several "boyfriends." We fell apart and went very separate ways in high school, and I imagine that if I ever see you again, we'll have lives so different from each others that we wouldn't be able to relate on any level. Still, I hope you and your family are well.
Geoff Ulrich: You were my first real crush and my first boyfriend. You could be nice when you wanted, but you smelled bad, had a mullet, and were totally controlling and manipulative. Still, I'm better off for having dated you, because now I know what NOT to look for in a guy. There are people who learn this lesson much later in life, or when they've already wasted years with one boyfriend because they feel like they have no choice but to love them. I hope you've learned your lesson, too. Oh, and it's your fault that Jennifer and I ever started listening to Korn.
Shaheed: I met you through Jennifer at Newburg middle, and you were my best friend during high school. You kept me happy through my teenage years, and you gave me something to look forward to on the weekends. Hanging out with you is always cool, but everything we did together sucked, so we called each other "suckbuddies" in the friendliest, least sexual way possible. Perhaps we never dated, but your friends and your sex stories taught me that men are all total assholes. :-P But you're hilarious, I miss the hell out of you, and I really wish I were better about keeping in touch with you. Good luck with the black tapestry. :)
Yasha: I don't exactly remember how or when I ever met you, but I can bet that it was through Josh. I have so much to say about you, I don't even know where to begin. So, I'll just say that you're the coolest guy on earth, you're intelligent and introspective, and that makes you one of the most amazing and interesting people I've ever spoken to. I'll never forget those nights with Sarah, Josh, and whoever else driving around in The Tank. Our adventures were weird as hell, and your day care parties were extremely fun. :) Thanks for being such an awesome guy throughout the years.
Sarah Davis: You're crazy, and I love you for it. You're easily one of the closest female friends I've ever had. Thanks for giving me a chance and making efforts to talk to me in school... I really appreciate that, and I have a great deal of respect for you for doing so. I totally miss hanging out in your basement, so we should do that again whenever you get back from Japan. You were also an influence on my eventual decision to go into fashion design. It sucks that we didn't end up going to art school together, but keep chasing your dreams, because you'll find what you're looking for eventually. :)
Will Marsh: You kept cracking me up during sophomore year lunch with your Will Marsh brand of humor, and I lived with you for a week. I seriously miss hanging out with you, Sarah, and Heather. Also, I'd like to mention that I've had a conversation about why Will Marsh is cool recently, so I'll summarize that here. In terms of your LJ, yours is one of the best to read. You don't update often, but when you do, it's always something completely hilarious that's, well, worth reading. :) Stay awesome, don't let crazy stuff stop happening to you, and do visit me in Columbus sometime!
Drew: Aside from the fact that I fell in love with you pretty randomly, you were never really a huge part of my life. But you made the list because of the first part. I'm happy that we eventually got a chance to talk to each other, even if it was after I had already moved away from Louisville. I tried like hell to help you through your toughest times, and I hope I at least helped a little. You stopped talking to me when I could no longer offer any help (no thanks to being preoccupied with school). Since I've only met one or two people who can fully comprehend the stress-induced state of mind I was in, I don't expect you to ever understand. Best of luck to you and Jessie.
Heather Breckel: I definitely met you at studio 2000 senior year with Sarah Davis, and now I live with you! You're easily one of the most hilarious and unique people I've ever met. Your art is crazy, and I have to admit to being envious of your style. We've been through some crazy times together, and I'm glad you came out okay. Whatever you do, never forget that you're amazing and talented. We should actually hang out sometime instead of sitting at our computers.
That's it for now. If I ever bother to write it, I think my college - present list is going to be much shorter. But thanks for being there, guys.