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Mis Amigos

I get by with a little help from my friends...

Here's a group of us girls while we were in college in beautiful Gunnison, CO. Left to Right are Hope, Rachel, Me, Alaina, Jessie and Lily.
Needless to say, we took our studies very seriously.

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Seven years later... There are some different chicas in these pictures, but the girl power we all have... Wow!   Clockwise from top left are Hope, me, Nikki, Jess, Alejandra, Echo, Jodi and Jessie.  GIRLS RULE!

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These two below are brothers, Bill on the left and Steve on the right. Steve and I went to high school together, too. Their family heralds from Massachusetts and I just love listening to them talk to each other. I love my memory of Steve as the fire chief (with the Jose Cuervo bandana) that night at Camp Up-over-there-in-the-woods and the difference between a poking stick and a poking staff.

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This is my buddy, Celia. She'll kill me for posting this particular photo, but it's just capturing her at such a great moment, I couldn't resist. Celia and I met when we were ten and have been friends ever since. We never lived in the same town or really hung out with the same friends, and maybe that's why our friendship has stood that test of time? We were pretty much opposites as kids in a lot of respects, she's blonde, I'm not, she's athletic, I'm not, (wait, so things haven't changed since we were kids) but they say that opposites attract. We're like the Yin and Yang of small town Virginia. And we're still making waves when we get together.

A special congratulations goes out to Celia and Bronson who announced that they're getting married! I wish them both the best in their journey together!

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Celia and Bronson are getting married in October, 2002.  She asked me to be a bridesmaid in their wedding!  I am thrilled to be a part of it, and I am truly happy for them both!


Silly boys... Here are some other long time friends. Left to right are Elliot, his brother Phil and my buddy Lou. I graduated high school with Lou and Elliot. Lou teaches grade school right now and Elliot is a student of art and life. This picture was taken at Lou's birthday.

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Lou and I were roommates for over a year in college.  Before that, we took this road trip across the country because friends of his were getting married in Virginia.  We had a BLAST.  We stopped for the first night in Kansas and stayed at friends of my grandparents.  We were driving just ahead of this monstrous storm.  It was intense, we ate at a restaurant and just watched the torrential downpour outside.  The next night we made it to Indiana, I think, and there were bugs the size of baseballs out there.  We sneaked into the pool and Lou mastered doing flips from the side.  There were these people who were practicing scuba diving there.  After the wedding (which I have pictures of that I should post, Ben all hammered and hung over the next day!) we stayed in VA Beach and got caught up in a hurricane.  Crazy!  Then we went to Georgia and had this campsite that we could just swim up to, that's where Lou swears he saw this UFO.  I don't remember, but I wouldn't doubt it.  Then we stayed a couple days in New Orleans, that was awesome.  I finally got my fake ID taken away there (of ALL places, lol) but it was the end of our trip so I didn't care.  Afterward, we traveled to Oklahoma and I saw the most amazing sunrise.  I woke up Lou, who wasn't as amazed as I was, lol, but life's short, catch the sunrises, right?  Then we came home.  I'll always remember that trip, buddy, and I'm glad I did it with you!

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Justin is my favorite bartender. He has this poster of shots and how to make them, then he's got a little rubber arrow that you throw at the poster. Whatever shot it lands on, Justin will make for you. Love that!

Here's a blast from the past!  My girlfriend, Amy G., on the right and her sister Tina.  Amy and I went to school together in the fourth grade and haven't seen each other since!  This February she flew to Colorado for a visit and a trip down memory lane!  We had a great time.  She had never been to CO so I tried to pack in all bazillion miles into one weekend.  It was tiring but fun!

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My friends Keith and Nikki got married this summer. I was out of town visiting Celia but I saw the pictures and had to post a couple here. They married at the church at Red Rocks which is just a beautiful atmosphere and the whole ceremony had a fairy tale theme. The ladies were all dressed in fairy gowns and the men all had kilts.

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Going with this fairy tale theme, check out their wedding cake! WOW!

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This is my friend Andy, and his girlfriend Chi. Andy's younger brother, Fred, and I were in the same grade in school. Fred and I met the summer after 5th grade, at the same fine arts academy that Celia and I attended. I didn't meet Andy for several years after that. We became fast friends and hung out with a group while we were in high school. Andy introduced me to groups like the Police, the Connells, Alphaville, and others that I still listen to today. He always listened, never judged and had the oddest sense of humor, and we all loved him for it. Andy lives in California today doing computer stuff. I miss him.

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A simple friend has never seen you cry.
A real friend has shoulders soggy from your tears.

A simple friend doesn't know your parents' first names.
A real friend has their phone numbers in his address book.

A simple friend brings a bottle of wine to your party.
A real friend comes early to help you cook and stays late to help you clean.

A simple friend hates it when you call after he has gone to bed.
A real friend asks you why you took so long to call.

A simple friend seeks to talk with you about your problems.
A real friend seeks to help you with your problems.

A simple friend wonders about your romantic history.
A real friend could blackmail you with it.

A simple friend, when visiting, acts like a guest.
A real friend opens your refrigerator and helps himself.

A simple friend thinks the friendship is over when you have an argument.
A real friend knows that it's not a friendship until after you've had a fight.

A simple friend expects you to always be there for them.
A real friend expects to always be there for you!