A little editing news before you start this post: After I read what I'd written here, I
realized this post sounds like one big brag-fest. And I want you to know, Internet, I
did not intend for it to sound that way. I'm never about the bragging. I'm much more
into spilling out all the mortification that circumscribes my life, like when kids steal
my thongs. I tried in my humble way to make this a fitting tribute to friends I hold
dear to my heart. That's it. Just wanted you to know I'm no Donald Trump braggart.
Now onto the post.