Here’s a little bit about my friends...
This October, one of my two best friends got married (you can see their photo on the Site Archives). I was the best man...after all...he was my best man just three years ago. It’s actually one of the best things to happen to Brad...something I kept telling him would happen...but he didn't believe me. By the way, Brad happens to be a very good writer and if I can bludgeon him into doing it...I'm planning on putting up a sample of his writing.
As for my other best friend, he’s also a writer/poet...but works as a IT security consultant. Brian’s been published, both as a poet, and as a writer. I was very honored when he chose to write a poem for my wedding. If you want to read the poem, you can see it here. He’s a wonderful cook...and he told me that he just got a new cookbook.
Yoon is a friend of mine, who lives up in Boston. She is a graphic designer and an amateur photographer. She’s Korean, as you might have guessed and moved to the United States seven years ago. The photo of her is one I swiped off of her page on a Korean community web site. I'd post a link to it, but it’s not a page that most of my visitors can read as it’s almost completely in Korean. I recently found out that Yoon plays the Kayagum. The Kayagum is a 12-string zither-like instrument from Korea. She’s quite good and also teaches people how to play the Kayagum.
Another of my good friends, Michele, I really inherited. She’s also my sister-in-law, Gee’s little sister. The best description of her that I've got is that she’s a Korean Meg Ryan....she also looks young for her age... She’s was one of best people I could have ever had help me and Gee through all of it. She actually lived with us for about seven months, before buying herself a place.
Jee Yoon is a friend of mine who is a musician. She’s in a competition later this month, out on the West Coast. Her instrument of choice is the Organ. Not portable, but damn impressive. Jee is working on her doctorate in Organ at Boston University. This photo is one we submitted to the competition in California. The organ in the photo is located at the Marsh Chapel at Boston University. She and Yoon are roommates.
Woo, another writer, is another friend I inherited. She was Gee’s best friend in college and the maid-of-honor at our wedding. She’s a really good cook and I just wished she lived closer than she does. I'm trying to get Woo and Brad to write the book about Gee and me...it'd be really interesting since they both come in from the same viewpoint...Brad was my best friend in college.
Barbara Kinney is friend of mine. She’s been a featured photographer on the Nikon website and worked as a photo editor at Reuters, which is where I met her. She’s got a dog, a Siberian Husky named Kaya, and currently lives in Gee’s old stomping grounds, Seattle. She was one of the the White House photographers during the Clinton era and if you want to know more about her, you can go to her website. One of my favorite photographs is by her, although at the time I first saw the photo, I didn't know her and when we became friends, I didn't realize she had taken it— the title is "Primping for Peace" and it is of President Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Jordan’s King Hussein straightening their ties before an event in the East Room of the White House. Chairman Yasir Arafat is pictured from behind as he observes the four leaders.
Paul Fetters is a friend I met through my wedding. He was recommended to me by Barbara Kinney as a possible wedding photographer. He is one of the most-talented photographers I've ever met, and his work is beautiful. We did hire him...and in the past three years we've become pretty good friends. If you want to know more about his work...look at his site.
Megan is a friend I partially inherited. Megan and I met about six-and-a-half years ago at the church we both attend. I remember meeting her at one of the after-service gatherings. The reason I say I partially inherited her, is that she and I only became friends after I started dating Gee. It turns out that her best friend is Michele, my sister-in-law, and Gee’s little sister. Megan and Gee were also pretty good friends. She and Patrick Kim are starting a law firm here in Virginia. I've designed the corporate identity materials and the website for her law firm. The website can be seen here, it’s not done yet as we're still in the middle of getting it off the ground.
One of my first Washington, DC, area friends is Brian Green. He and I started work at our old company on the same day. One of my first jobs was to build his workstation. He’s originally from England and is an aspiring potter, at least I think that’s the right word. He just got married last year to the woman, Bethany, that he met at my wedding. I was an usher at his wedding. He’s also a very talented web interface designer/graphic artist.