I met Kes while hanging out at a friend's house when I was 16. The first time she came over to his house, she had her hair in a ton of tiny little braids. Up to this point in my life, I'd never really connected with another human being quite the way I connected with Kes. She was (and is) creative and fun and would make mix tapes that we would play in my Oldsmobile as we drove around town. We saw a LOT of movies together. We would research far away places that we wanted to visit together. We buried a time capsule together in my mom's backyard which included a tape where we interviewed each other with important questions like: "Who do you have a crush on?". We went on our first serious road trip together "A Trip to Fripp" (Island) where we drove halfway across the United States to the east coast.
She moved to California when I turned 18 and soon after that, I went to live in New Zealand. We've seen each other once in the last 12 years.
But Kes is back in Ohio this week!
Being with her is as if no time (or maturing) has passed since we were friends long ago :)
Here are a few pictures so far...
Before bringing her over to the apartment to meet Rob, we stopped at Giant Eagle to get some bread, cheese, pears, wine, and jelly bellies (for extra class).
She was impressed by all the giant cheeses on display:
And at very reasonable prices:
(this taken right before the cheese was confiscated from her by a grocer)
But, that didn't stop her from picking up more giant cheese:
And cradling it like a baby:
After the cheese adventure at Giant Eagle. We went back to the apartment and hung out. Caught up about all the crazy things that have been going on in each other lives since we last caught up. She is working as a sound engineer in San Diego and has done some sound design for a few shorts. She also does recording for various artists around town.
I knew she'd appreciate the dream lounge so I took her up there and we had an impromptu photoshoot.
I love this girl.
There's no way I'm letting 6 years get in between now and the next time I see her.