#12. December 4th, 2012: Daniel Malmuth

With 15 years of friendship with this kid, I don’t even know where to begin… We met in kindergarten and we immediately became friends. Our families our unbelievably close and I was lucky enough to grow up with you as my absolute best friend. We have been through sooooo much together it’s ridiculous. You’ve been there for me when I split my lip open at Solana Highlands, when I broke my wrist, through the ups and downs of high school; pretty much everything. You were one of the first that I told about my sexuality and you’re response was basically, “Cool, now can we keep playing Mario Kart?” With that, we basically are a friendship built on a foundation of inside jokes. We know just about every single Spongebob episode by heart. We spent hours memorizing the Jive part in “Airplane.” We went fishing for years together. You’ve been right by my side throughout the majority of my life. I just had to take a second to stop typing because literally hundreds of memories were rushing through my head 🙂 As I told you today, you were one of the main reasons as to why my childhood was fun. I can’t think of a day where we weren’t hanging out together after school. Oh, and by the way, “It sounds like a walrus!” and “Excuse me sir, sir, excuse me!” just popped into my head 🙂 Anyway, I can’t even begin to describe to you how much I appreciate our 15+ years of friendship. That’s a realllllyyyy long time and you have been there for me during some of my worst moments and most transformative moments. You spent two summers with me in the middle-of-nowhere, Minnesota, and I was so fortunate to have you as a friend there. Your family gave mine a place to stay when we had to evacuate for the fires (thanks Mr. Carlos!) and you have always been so welcoming in every capacity. I seriously keep thinking of inside jokes so I’m going to have to finish this up soon or else it’s going to be a novel. Anyway, I just have to thank you for these past 15 years and I wouldn’t want you to go forward without knowing how big of an impact you have had in my life. I can always count on you to cheer me up and I know I will always be able to call you a friend and a brother. Thank you so much for getting me on roller coasters, saying “hi” to the funniest kid in america that one time at Knotts, having me with your family in Missouri, letting me be the item thrower in Mario Kart, kicking my ass at every video game ever, inviting me to play tennis, giving me the Spongebob typing game, getting me to watch Friends and Scrubs, and for everything in between. You’re a rockstar and my life would not be anywhere near the same as it is now if you were not in it. For all of that, Daniel, I thank you 🙂

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