Wherein I check out an old photograph . . .
This is a picture from spring of 2002. The lovely lady is a friend who was studying abroad at my college that term. We met formally after a few weeks of smiling in the communal bathroom. She asked for help with an English assignment: "what are you doing for spring break?" I tried to explain, then said, "heck, why not come with me? Then you can see for yourself!" It was all over; we became fast friends.
She went with me on spring break, which included a medieval recreation, sailing on a yacht in Lake Washington (cold!), hiking, and spending time with my family and friends. Fall semester, she returned to my university, and we roomed together.
I haven't seen her in years, but we still keep in touch via Facebook. This picture reminds me of all the happy times we spent together.