Left to right: Seiji Iwata, Mark Etheredge, Michael Cronin
Last Thursday, my friends, Michael and Seiji, joined me on a little trip down to San Jose to tour the Winchester Mystery House. We had such a blast checking out this old mansion. Mrs. Winchester was convinced by a medium that continuous building would appease the evil spirits of those killed by the famous "Gun that Won the West" and help her attain eternal life. There are staircases leading to nowhere, doors that open onto blank walls, upside down posts, and a seance room. I was intrigued to learn that some of the trees on the estate were imported from Iraq. Later we joined my friend Stephanie for a bit of Karaoke. We ate, drank, sang, and danced. It was a fabulous day.
Left to right: Stephanie Lynne Smith, Michael Cronin, Mark Etheredge
As I've been getting ready to move, I've been reminded what a great group of friends I have. (And, some are not pictured here.) I’m grateful, and I feel truly blessed.
What makes a good friend? Having things in common and the ability to have fun as well as contributing to an interesting conversation are good starting points. Being trustworthy and honest? For sure. Not bringing too much drama into my life? Definitely!
But I’ll tell you that for me, the biggest characteristic I appreciate in a friend is being accepted--and celebrated--for who I am: Creative, musical, driven, gay, tall (totally not my choice but I’m good with it), quirky-not-twerky, considerate, and occasionally goofy; And I will do the same for you. I think life is too short to do it any other way. Let’s put aside our grievances and enjoy enlightening and learning from each other.
What do you appreciate in a friendship? Leave your comments below.