When your friends grow up & get married

Remember this guy? This is one of the guys who started this very blog so many moons ago. Now, he’s a grown up. Grown up job, grown up activities, grown up house, grown up wife. This is the first time that one of my friends who I considered to be so similar to me has actually taken the plunge. Georgie boy if you’re reading this post somewhere from afar, I’m on my way; and I’m sorry that there is a Nor’easter on the weekend you choose to get married. By the way, we gotta pick up my tuxedo sometime before Saturday out there. And I promise not to over-do it on the booze at any point. Scouts honor.

Point is, I’m really happy for my friend. This is a dude that I sat in my room my freshman year of college with after baseball practice, packed lips of Skoal whatever, and then played a best of 7 series on Ken Griffey Jr. baseball. This was on a nightly basis. KGJ Baseball on the old Nintendo 64 is still the best head to head baseball game ever made in my opinion.

While it’s scary to me that my friends are starting to ‘grow up’ in a sense, it’s also nice to see them flourish in the role of adults. I think the scary part of it comes from me not feeling anywhere near the role. I don’t balance my checkbook (don’t tell anyone), I haven’t been working at the same company for 3 or more years, and I don’t know what I want to be doing in 10 years. I like kids and all, but if I have any anytime soon I’ll be scared to death.

I always said I’d be the last one of my friends to get married. The last of the Mohicans. Then I got engaged and I thought about how wrong I was on my prediction. Then that girl broke off the engagement and now I’m nowhere near wanting to take that step at this point in my life. Not until I solidify other areas. That’s why it’s good to have friends who are living the life like that you can life bi-cariously through. And my boy George has came a long way in growing up and walking the walk.

So George & Kristen, I’m real happy for you both. I think you’ll have a great married life. I’ll see you soon. Congratulations and thanks for being a good example of what I hope I can someday become by the time I’m 40.