Nick and I went to the same high school but never spoke, not even once, throughout those years. It was our choice to both go to Dutchess Community College that created this bond.
Our first talk wasn’t even a conversation. Nick and I passed each other in Washington Hall at Dutchess and he asked me where the Student Services Center was, and I directed him to it. That was all. Contact online and in person when we saw each other at school followed, and this friendship was born.
The best times came when we actually carpooled to school in the Spring of 2008. It was the most basic things that made that semester enjoyable. The car ride to and from school was the highlight. It usually consisted of blasting Kid Rock and making sure to stop at Dunkin’ Donuts for a couple of chocolate donuts.
The significance of Nick’s friendship isn’t an easy one to write about, due to it’s -you have to have been there- type feeling. I do thank him for the rides he provided to school and his generosity when I lacked money for breakfast. It also helps to be one of the close friends I still have contact with to this day, as many on this countdown have faded.