In about an hour, one of my online friends will graduate from college. I can't remember exactly how I first encountered Dariush. It may have been on Shane Nickerson's site or on Magazine Man's blog. But we started chatting back and forth. I think Dariush thought I was another young twentysomething from the way I yammer in chat. He was surprised to find out I was almost twice his age.
The conversation went something like this:
Merujo: So, what's up tonight?
D: Homework. And you?
Merujo: Nothing, dude. Just hangin' out. Gonna watch some TV.
D: Lucky you - no homework.
M: Well, I could have homework, if I felt like bringing something home from work.
D: Uhhh... you're not in college?
M: No! LOL
M: How old do you think I am?
D: 21, 22?
M: Dude - I'm 40.
D: ??? But you say "dude" all the time!
(It's true. I do.)
Dariush is a really great guy - and one of the first people to offer help (in the form of a website) when my eye problem - and ensuing financial problems - started. He's a talented journalist and photojournalist, pretty damn good - and incredibly positive - columnist, and a fine man. We've never met, but I imagine we will someday, and I'm gonna give this guy a big bear hug for just being who he is. Being the youngest kid in my family, I never had any little brothers or sisters. Knowing Dariush is like having a really cool and funny little bro.
I know his professional future is bright, and I hope that his life is filled with adventure and love. (And there should be a line of whip-smart, sexy young things lined up to meet him!)
Congratulations, D. Enjoy your day!
Your future is waiting for you.
Yay! Congratulations Dariush! And yay for UK graduates. We rock.
Yay for Dariush! He is pretty great, isn't he...
*can't speak, will cry*
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