Two of my 'solitary men's club' and 'burrito brothers' compatriots. Brian has been my best friend since we first met in Providence back when we were toddlers. No other friend has a 50+ year history with me. Some of the family may recall that he lost his big toe in our driveway while riding on the back of his mom's bike. We've shed tears together over the years. I think the last time might have been when our eyes locked at his daughter Kirsten's wedding reception. I'm pretty sure we also shed some tears right after her birth when Brian and Leeanie weren't sure their little 'preemie' was going to make it through the night. I have no doubt that even now we'd do anything for each other. I spent a lot of time with John in Jr. High, High School and college. World Class drummer. We served in the same mission. Love him like a brother also.
It was fun to get re-acquainted with so many friends and we're looking forward to seeing a lot more of them now that we're nearby.