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Saturday, August 5, 2006


Love Post #3 is very special, seeing as the subject is celebrating his 23rd birthday today. And what better way to celebrate than to gush about what a great person he is?

I met SomeGuy, aka James, almost three years ago, just as my sophomore year of high school was beginning. I was just starting here at myO, and I didn't know too many people; I was extremely shy, and barely had the guts to leave a friendly message on people's guestbooks. But thanks to a plug from the lovely Miss Molly, people came to welcome me.

James was one of the first, and I'll never forget it. I'd seen him around the site quite a bit, and having him come to me was like being graced by some celebrity. His comments always made me smile, and being added to his buddy list was an ego boost within itself.

As I'm sure everyone knows, James is an amazing writer. As an aspiring writer myself, I really admire him in every aspect of the craft; he's got a great analytical mind, which lends to his articles, and a wonderful imagination, which created characters like Cream and Nougat. Most of all, his writing style is endearing, easy to follow, and accessible. Whether you're an English major, or someone that squirms at the prospect of essay-writing, you'd be hard-pressed not to enjoy an essay by SomeGuy.

But it wasn't until I caved and got on MSN that I got to know James as a person. And believe me, I'm lucky I did. Everything you see on his myO page: the unmistakable sense of humor, the imaginative mind, it all comes through in a conversation with him. He'll send you webcam videos, pictures of his (cozy-looking) basement, YouTube links... there's never a dull moment.

And even after all that babbling, I'm only now just getting to one of the most amazing things about this amazing person. If you went around and talked to all of his friends here, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone he hasn't helped through some time of need, who doesn't think of him and his words every time they start to fall back to some self-destructive pattern. He's patient, but firm. He'll hold your hand, but he'll also smack you one if you're being stupid. (As he's proved literally... poor Josh. XD)

I've watched him pull my friends out of their darkest places. I've watched him struggle with problems that aren't even his own. And I've been lucky. My life has held itself together these past three years. But in those points where I needed a pick me up, he was there to listen, or to provide a distraction. I offhandedly mentioned a friend I was having a falling-out with, and he asked about it in a letter weeks later. I brought in the year 2006 while talking to him, and he told me I'd become a stronger person. I don't know if he knew how much those words meant, and how much they still mean.

But now, it's time to bring my rambling to a close. James, I think I speak for everyone when I say that we don't know what we'd do without you. Happy birthday, dear! I love you, and I'm so happy that I can be your "ojou-chan."

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