Saying Goodbye to a Friend

During the summer of 1984, we were all young, 17, 18 and 19 years old, barely out of high school and with a world of possibilities ahead of us. Lori, Maureen, Kim, Rick and I. Our lives revolved around our favorite music groups – Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Culture Club, Madness, OMD, UB40, Psychedelic Furs, Siouxie and the Banshees – going to concerts, buying records (yes, records) and hanging out together at Baker’s Square on 14 Mile and Schoenherr, which became our de facto headquarters. We were there so often, the staff knew us by name and we even had a regular waitress, Kirby (Don’t Call Me Kiersten). We had part time jobs but we managed to spend just about every evening together, whether at Baker’s Square, Putt Putt, the mall or at someone’s house, listening to music, playing games, going for walks, watching videos…whatever we felt like doing. It was a great time, almost perfect. Life was good.

These memories came flooding back Sunday night, on my way home from the Sarah McLachlan concert at Meadow Brook. I heard the text message alert on my phone go off but as I was still immersed in Sarah’s aura and talking with my friend and fellow Sarah fan, Mike (and not wanting to be rude), I decided to wait until I got home to check my messages. Besides, my phone was in dire need of a charge. So when I got home, I plugged my phone into the charger and looked at my messages. They were from Kim. My jaw dropped.

Rick was dead.

Oh my God, Rick died!

Oh my God, oh my God, OH MY GOD.

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Ringing Out the Old…

Well, here it is, New Year‘s Eve 2011.  Another year gone and a new one stretches out before us, holding so much promise.  For me, 2011 was a decent year, not great but not horrible.  I’ll have my resolutions list tomorrow, but for now, I just want to mention a few things that stood out for me this year:

  • I am going back to school!  I got accepted into Eastern Michigan University‘s Integrated Marketing Communications Master’s Degree program, and I will be starting on Tuesday.  It’s exciting and scary at the same time.  It’s been 13 years since I’ve been a student, and this program is entirely online, so not only do I have to get back into student mode, I also need to learn how to be an online student.  One thing I have discovered so far – textbooks went up in price exponentially since 1998!
  • October 22 was a magical date – I saw Duran Duran at Casino Windsor and it was honestly the best concert I have ever seen.  Of course, I’m a Duranie from way (way, way, way) back, so maybe my saying it was the best concert ever is a little biased.  Okay, maybe a lot biased, but it was really, really good.
  • Weight Watchers works!  I joined WW in June and after a bit of a slow start, I have lost 25 pounds to date, including today’s weigh-in.  This is huge for me, as I am in a constant battle with my sluggish metabolism (thanks to a severely underactive thyroid) and my hormones.  It hasn’t been easy, but hasn’t been as difficult as I thought it would be, either.  Does that make sense?  I hope to continue this downward trend in 2012.

I also met some fantastic new friends in 2011 (hi Katie, Monica, Melissa and Christina!), and I hope our friendship can grow in 2012.  More Girls Night’s Outs and the Adam Ant concert in February will definitely rock.

So, lift your glass and toast to the new year, with all its possibilities.  Cheers!

Photo illustration by jscreationzs