When I first met Caitlin, it was move-in day freshman year at Southwestern University and I didn't know anyone, so I wore my little brother's Strong Bad shirt to see if I could make friends fast. It worked on Caitlin, my suitemate, and that's where it started. We had a lot of Sunday brunches and shared a lot of iPod music stuff. I am proud to say I was with her the first time she got drunk. She had great music taste. I knew we would be friends for a while.
Since then, we have been to Germany, Belize, Marfa, and got matching "dessert-themed tattoos" in Mexico. We've protested our rights at the Texas capitol and we've been kicked out of Barbarella. We've had dance parties at the old Beauty Bar with the gang from "Of Montreal" and have had slip n slide contests at Zilker park with strangers in the rain. She invited me to dinner with her family when I was unemployed, and when I declined because I was too down she brought me take-out anyway. She was voted "most tender-hearted" in elementary school and I think that still stands.
And what's more, I keep making more incredible friends because of her. Cheers to all these years on this planet making it better, and to many more years of doing more things. Happy birthday, @caimarr 👯 (Pic stolen from @tobiewahl 🌝)