As many of you know, I was a music major my first year of college. To this day I enjoy listening to, playing and even writing music. Many of my best memories include hanging out with my newly formed friends in the music department that first year of school. I sometimes think back with a warm sense of nostalgia about friends like Mike, Caryn, Cindy, Chris Memoli and ,yes, even Chris "this friggin chicken's raw" Willis. In fact, many of the people I just mentioned are still in my life to a certain degree. Mike is a good friend of my childhood friend Jay Kirk, who incidentally married Caryn. All three live near each other out west. Another childhood friend, Chuck Bryan married Cindy. Sometimes, it's a very small and rather cool world.
There were other friends that year that I had a chance to spend time with. These were people whom I had known for years and practically grown up with. Besides previously mentioned- Jay Kirk and Chuck Bryan, there was also my roommate, Chris Neeley, and one of the funniest people I've ever hung out with, Todd Vick.
Todd has always been one of my favorite people because even in tough times, he's always had a smile and wise crack for me. That was true then and it's true now. Todd gave me more free beer at the Pizza Factory than I could ever drink. He later became a pastor. Interesting where life takes us. Todd and I both changed quite a bit since those days. Today, I... Well, today I would most likely still drink Todd's free beer, but you get the point.
So, tonight, I lift my 12 oz glass to many an old friend, who although may be a slightly different person today, still remains a part of my life and a good friend. Cheers.