Friendship means something different to everyone but the bigger question is what is that friendship based on. Is it a long history like I have with Tim going all the way back to first grade or something more recent. Work, school, hobbies, and activities all bring us together in one way or another and with Facebook it adds another dimension of connection.
As many of you would remember I took a trip in the fall to visit a friend I had found through our works intranet site. We had a blast visiting the beach and connecting on a personal level that the computer or phone just lacks. This pushed me to make a mental list of the people I would truly love to meet and hang out with and I’ve been slowly picking away at my list. One person really stood out on that list and it seemed impossible that I could ever meet her because of her work schedule and the fact that her apartment is completely on the other side of the country. So let’s imagine my surprise when we were able to hash out travel plans for a concert two weeks out and everything dropping perfectly.
So let’s talk about this friend for a bit. She is humorous, interesting, intelligent, relatable, awesome…. and she has really great taste in music and that’s just the beginning. She and I relate in so many ways from our children to our outlook at life that it’s almost scary. This is why I wanted to meet her so badly and the weekend I had…. wow.
So Alli had to fly in from her current job location in Florida to Pittsburg (of course a layover in NC to boot) to be in PA just over 25 hours. I picked her up and gave her the super exciting tour of my town (you know that Taco Bell combined with KFC was quite interesting) and taking her to Easter bunny lane (yes, I was that goofy) after which we picked up Erin for an epic night of fun, singing and togetherness. From singing “all by myself” in the car to our usual whit it was like we have all known each other for years.
The biggest thing outside of the concert was for me to take Alli to Burgatory and of course the wait was well past when we had to be at the venue so we hit Jimmy Johns (I felt like I failed her and it was my idea). So we proceed into the venue and proceed to enjoy two of my favorite bands under one roof and on to an unforgettable night. Side note… if you have the chance to see Against Me and Green Day together…. DO IT!
As we awoke to a Sunday morning and I was ready to order us a breakfast strombolli it dawns on us that we had time to hit Burgatory before she had to fly out. We traveled down and in her own words “sweet baby Jesus that’s a lot of food”. She was in a Burgatory Coma until her NC layover I’ll presume.
As we arrived at the airport and my weekend had come to a close I felt saddened that I had to drop her off so soon. She was exactly how I thought she would be and more and I sure can’t wait until the next visit with her. Alli…. you’re one in a million and don’t ever change that!
“It’s something unpredictable but in the end is right…. I hope you had the time of your life.”
Now…. if I could only figure out a way to get her a job site here.