July 18th, 2003


Friday Five (from last Friday...better late than never!)

1. Do you remember your first best friend? Who was it? Yes. It was in elementary school. I didn't know anyone in my class because I was relatively new and painfully shy. The teacher told us to pair up with someone and find out three things about them. Of course, everyone paired up with someone they knew and I ended up with the other girl who didn't know anyone. She had a weird name and when I introduced her I said "Maria" but her name was actually Mera (pronounced m-you're-a) and even though I got her name wrong Mera Le Okerlund & I were best friends all through elementary school.

2. Are you still in touch with this person? No. She moved to Rochester, MN right before 7th grade and we stayed in touch by writing and I got to go stay down there for a week once, and I would also see here when she came up to visit her dad. Then right before 10th grade she moved to Albany, NY and I only saw here one time after that. I have no idea where she is. I should google her & see if anything comes up...

3. Do you have a current close friend? Yep, I've got a few:
hellbob my wonderful & sweet husband (and I would say that even if he wasn't going to read this!)
scubagrrl is someone I will probably still be friends with when we are 80 years old and senile
chebutykin, Tom & family, Mark, Jeanine, passaddhi, Becca...

4. How did you become friends with this person?
I met HB when I was working at a comic book store in Fargo and he would shop there. We discovered that we had a ton of mutual friends and over the previous 4 years had even attended some of the same parties without ever meeting! While it wasn't love at first sight, it was pretty darn close. I moved in with him 2 months after we started dating & 11 years later he's still stuck with me!
Scubagrrl, aka Kerry, went to high school with me. She is the reason I never read Macbeth (we had more important things to discuss in English class, like boys!) and she knows most of my dirty little secrets. But I know hers too!
I met Cheb at a BBS get together a long time ago and she knows most of my sisters friends, Tom went to high school with Rick. They are as much like brothers as a 6'6" white guy and a 5'9"ish Japanese/Irish guy can be, Jeanine met Rick in college, Rhesus was dating our basement-dweller, and Becca followed Rick home from a convienience store one night. Really. That's how we met her. She followed him home & slept on our couch.

5. Is there a friend from your past that you wish you were still in contact with? Why?
A few. Mera, just to see what she's up to and if we still have anything in common. Roxanne Ward was another of my good high school friends, and she went to college in Arizona. I saw her over the holidays a few times 1st and 2nd years of college, but then lost track of her. I often wonder what she's done with her life and I would love to see her again. And one of my college roomates, Brian Lindamood. I shared an apartment with him for 2 quarters when I first moved off campus. He lived in the fraternity house the next couple years but I lost touch with him due to a jealous, possessive, emotionally abusive Dickhead I had the misfortune of being engaged to.
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