Someone I know left town today. He packed up his bags and drove down to California, starting a new life and a new adventure I guess. He and my partner were close, and I suppose I’ve known him tangentially for years. However, we really only had gotten to hang out a handful of times in the past six months or so. I never really thought of him as someone whose absence would leave an impact at all, so the sadness I have been feeling about the whole thing is really unexpected. I started crying hugging him goodbye last night, and I have little in the way I can put forth as an explanation for it. He is a sweet kid, and I remember when he first moved here, and got a job at the zoo, and was so…skinny and young and kind of twerpy. There were aspects of his personality I found difficult at times, but, I still care for him as a person.A lot. Its funny how an acquaintance can creep up onto your heart and become a friend. There are too few of those to go around in my own personal corner of the world. I’m so busy with school and work and dogs and relationship that there isn’t much wiggle room to just enjoy the company of a good buddy for a couple hours. He is our buddy, and he’s gone. We will see him again, but it makes me consider all the people still here in town that I don’t see, and love and miss terribly once I get a taste of them again. It is most assuredly time to fix that. So, If you’re someone whose heartstrings have woven their way in between mine, be ready. Be ready because you know that I am going to be a great friend, and a truly loyal friend. Be ready because I’m a genius at loving people. Savant-like really. And this summer has just begun.