Ok big long sentimental goodbye and thankyou time.
I’m leaving in a couple of hours, to go on an adventure that will probably be the most exciting time in my life. I’m looking forward to it, but at the same time I’m a little sad to go, to leave behind all the great friends I’ve made over the years. Even though I hope they will come and visit me, it’s still going to be a big separation and I think I’m going to miss them terribly.
I’m a little rushed right now, I’ve still got a fair bit of stuff I need to do, but I want to quickly mention a few of my closest friends. I’ve known all of these guys for at least five years, and in some cases for much longer.
Alphabetically (becuase that’s just the type of guy I am), first there is Ads. My Uni mate, forever battling against the injustices committed on the student body, stalwart and strong, tireless in his efforts to, if not improve things for everyone else, at least make it as hard for the Uni as possible. We share similar political and worldviews and he is always good to argue with. He is one of the Japan boys, and Ski Trip boys, and Coast Trip boys, in fact Ads has always been there, whenever we’ve had an adventure or gone on an expedition Ads is a part of it. All of the memories of great times that we’ve had, Ads has been involved. Ads and I also share a love of good books, and he keeps me up to date on good authors when I’ve gotten slack and neglected to follow up on their stuff. Thanks for everything mate.
Calvin and I have spent a lot of time together over the recent months, and I’m glad we got that time, becuase there was a period just after high school where we didn’t see each other very often. Calvin is creative and talented and quite different to most of my other friends. He does his own thing, lives in another world, and I’m glad he lets me into it on occasion. He’s introduced me to all these different types of music, and I’ve introduced him to full depths of the wonderful world of anime. I’m going to miss our Monday night ritual and I’m thankful we made that happen while we could. Now that he has a new computer I hope he finally gets back online properly and stays in touch. Even when you get fabulously rich and famous and are living the highlife of an established author, I know he’ll always stay true to his friends.
Fragma is my oldest friend; I’ve known him since I was ten years old. We were best friends in primary school, we lived just up the road from each other and terrorised the neighbourhood on our bikes for a number of years. We somehow managed to maintain that strong friendship during high school even though we were at different schools and had moved away from each other. I spent an incredible amount of time at his place, sitting in his computer room for days playing games and listening to music and talking about everything. University came along, after a while Fragma moved over to the south side, and we saw each other less and less. Over the last six months though, since moving back up here, we’ve hung out with each other almost constantly, trying to make the most of all that lost time. I can’t recall a time we’ve ever fought, or ever been angry at each other, or annoyed or pissed off. We’ve always gotten along, and it’s the type of easy friendship that you know you’ll always have. From now on we’ll probably slip in and out of each other’s lives, but I know we’ll remain close friends throughout it all.
I’ve already said goodbye to Littlewing. She left Saturday morning. Like Fragma, I’ve known her since I was ten, we lived in the same neighbourhood, went to the same primary school. Unlike Fragma though, we went to high school together and it was there that we became really close friends. Littlewing knows everything about me, and I trust her completely. We are very alike, often scarily so, and the consequence of this is that though we are very close, we also clash at times. I’ve said everything I wanted to say to Littlewing already, so I’ll leave it there. She knows how much I value her friendship.
Nash is another one of the Japan boys; in fact without him I have no idea how the trip would have gotten off the ground. We were close in high school, not so close the first couple of years of Uni, but now I consider him one of my best friends. We’ve had our fair share of ups and downs but we’ve gotten over it (thanks partly to hefty amounts of alcohol) and come out better for it. Nash is incredibly intelligent, and I admire that about him. He’s also got a very dry sense of humour, which I really enjoy. The rest of us can be making jokes all day, but it’s only take one little sarcastic comment from Nash to get us all in stiches. He’s usually extremely calm and collected, but sometimes, not often, but sometimes, he cracks, and it’s a sight to behold! I’ve only ever heard him swear once in all the time I’ve known him, and that was just before we were about to explode $50 worth of sparklers (ah our crazy teenage years!). Finish your PhD Nash, and I’ll see you in Japan a couple of years from now.
Ruro, we’ve had an interesting friendship. We were archenemies in the early days of high school, but eventually we became good friends. We give each other a lot more crap that anyone else I think, but despite that we somehow survive and get over it. I don’t know exactly why it happens, but I do want to say that I respect you and value you as a friend. Thanks for organising a lot of stuff over the last couple of years when I pulled back a bit from all of that. Everyone did their fair share, but I know that you in particular helped to organise some of our biggest things (Ads’ surprise party for one) and I really appreciated all the work you did. If you ever do get around to finalising your plans to go to Amsterdam make sure to drop me a line and we’ll meet up. If you ever need someone to travel the world with you mate, I’m your man.
Finally we have Wulfen. I consider you a better friend than a lot of high school friends. We may not have shared those five angsty teenage years together in the same school, but in same ways that’s a good thing. We’ve hung out many times at your place, gone up the coast, or skiing, or to Japan together, and I’ve considered your a really close friend for a long time now. You’re the most respectable of us all now, you’ve finished Uni completely (even though it was Griffith! ^_^), you’ve got yourself a fulltime job, you on track, headed the right way. You’ve always good for a laugh, and can take a surprising amount of crap from us all, but you never seem truly down about it, and you’re always a happy constant. I’m really glad that we did get the chance to spend so much time together after high school; it certainly made these last four years a whole lot more fun.
I’d like to thank all of my friends for all the good times we’ve had. You’re a terrific bunch of guys and I don’t think I could ask for a better group of friends.
Then there is everyone else, my other school friends, my Uni friends, my Internet friends, my *we don’t fit in any other category* friends. Sorry if I missed out naming anyone in particular. I’m a bit rushed for time at the moment, and so I had to do what I could. If I didn’t mention you specifically please don’t think that I’m not thinking of you. Cheers guys, for everything.
I listened to a lot of songs while writing this, most notably Gomez’s We Haven’t Turned Around.
Ok big long sentimental goodbye and thankyou time.