The best kinds of friends to have are the kind you can go years without seeing and when you finally do get a chance to catch up, it’s as if you never skipped a beat. These particular friends were my classmates in high school — Daniel, who helped me survive A.P. U.S. History and was very kind to me when I first transferred to Mililani High, and Preston. Preston, how did we meet? LOL.
Anyhow, these two gems are now living in Japan. Preston lives in Osaka and is getting married next March! And Daniel is an awesome architect who lives in Tokyo.
Joyce and I were super excited to hangout with Preston and Daniel and it was so incredibly nice to catch up after SIX YEARS. SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED. They treated us to some authentic yakitori — no one spoke English at this restaurant, no one even spoke Engrish.
We stuffed our faces with things like Ginnan (Japanese Ginko Seeds), Bonjiri (chicken butt, seriously), Horumon (fried compost, gizzards, leftover insides, SERIOUSLY), and Teba Gyoza (Chicken wing skin, see below).
We pretty much ate every part of a chicken imaginable: cartilage, gizzards, liver, etc. Disgusting, but also so. delicious.
Dinner was followed by a memorable architectural walk, good conversation, drinks and dessert 🙂
“We’ll be friends,” he said, “I can’t picture my life without you.”
Those were the last words I hung on to.
That was the last time I believed words were worth anything.
As I caught up with old friends that night, Preston turned to me and said, “You have every right to go a little crazy over losing Andrew. Up until this point in your life, your relationship with him was your biggest investment.”
Isn’t it great to have amazing friends? Cheers to making better and smarter investments, in every aspect of life.