My best friend is not quite three months younger than I am. We met in college. He was in the ROTC program and I was a hippie, but we bonded over music…like me, he plays guitar, and we started a band. He and I still get together with the other guys in the band twice a year to record and jam, and those occasions are the most fun I will have in any given year (the latest one comes up in less than two weeks!).
I was an only child, he has two sisters. He’s been married once, but it has been and remains a rocky relationship. I’ve been married twice; the first, awful…the second, good. He has one son with whom he’s very close, as do I…though I also have two wonderful stepdaughters.
Following several years in the Air Force, he went on to become a commercial airline pilot and make tons of money (out of his airline’s 12,000+ pilots, fewer than 100 are senior to him), whereas my income has always been modest.
Despite his military background, his political views are liberal, and very much in line with mine. Same with his views on religion, which if anything are even more skeptical than my own.
He has a great fascination for how things work; I’m mechanically inept. He is very extroverted; by the time the meal at the restaurant is over, he’ll be best buddies with the waitperson. (They all give their names now when they first appear, but my friend is the only one I’ve ever seen who gives his name back to them!) I’m not introverted by any means, but I could never rise to his level. But it’s absolutely genuine on his part, not put-on at all.
He lives two states away, so I’m only certain of seeing him twice a year, though occasionally more. I just spoke with him on the phone last night…it’s always a happy occasion.