I met Ed Doney my freshman (and only) year at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He's a Letterman fan, an Ed Grimley fan, and one of the funniest guys I know. Is it any wonder we've been close friends from the get-go?
Ed and I are ridiculous together and we all need a friend with whom we can be ridiculous. If you can judge the quality of friendship by how many in jokes you have, then it would be easy to say Doney and I have a super high-quality friendship.
If you spend time around us, you'll hear us utter a series of nonsensical phrases (and noises), all with their own had-to-be there backstory. From "Aroo!" to "Do you have any paaaaancakes" to "Don't be scared" to "I....I'm not scared no more" to the classic "BAAAAAAAAAA," we pretty much have our own twin language that immediately sets us into a fit of giggles.
We all have friends like Doney (or at least I hope you do) and as you're reading this, you're probably thinking of someone with a smile. It's that special pal whom you may not see in person for years but when you finally reunite again it's that old cliche of seeming like a day hasn't passed.
Doney and I haven't lived in the same area code since that year in Whitcraft Hall back in 1989 and each time we see each other, we make the most of our time together. Whether we're filming shot-by-shot recreations of Rain Man scenes, exploring nearly-abandoned zoos and dinosaur exhibits, ghost hunting, or frolicking through the (scary at night) streets of Baltimore, we always manage to spend our time laughing.
I'm super happy and pleased to report that Sarah is more than willing to join us in our goofy adventures. Rather than sit back on the sidelines and scoff as the old college buddies try to reconnect, I'm blessed to be married to a girl who is more than willing to not only let the guys have their guy time, but also encourage it.
Like the time Doney visited and the three of us went walking through downtown Lancaster City on a drizzly day. We took turns taking pictures of each other being ridiculous, and we even got in a three-tiered plank.
A little while after Doney returned to Oklahoma City, we received this mug in the mail adorned with some highlights of our hang time (you can see a glimpse of one of our cool "If we had a band this would be our artsy album cover" photos on the mug shot above). Needless to say, I love this mug. Although it's only a year and a half old, it carries with it memories of nearly 30 years (yikes!) of laughs, love, and genuine friendship.
I'll drink to that.