Jeremy and I were born on the same day four years apart... we'd sometimes celebrate with a secret birthday lunch at kansai, where we'd talk about our futures and our pasts and how we'd eventually lie about our ages, and he would order his rolls with brown rice and lecture me on the healthfulness of brown grains. I am forever linked to Jeremy through our love of tequila, our strange tongues, and our birthday and I will always have a bitterness to my happiness with each year when I wish him happy birthday.
It's true that I met Jeremy through Jason and we became friends that way. We had so much in common, including a common love of debate, sushi, and some sort of delusional fearlessness, it's was inevitable that we'd remain friends for years after.
Jeremy knew how to push anyone's buttons. It was one of his gifts. It was his very effective way of reminding the world of how intelligent he was without being impetuous. Jeremy still pushes my buttons each time I miss our talks or think of him and forget for a moment that he is gone. Jeremy and I had a pact never to judge one another so that we could always have an objective point of view to bounce our ideas. We shared a lot and he was one of few who held my confidence and trust. He was unconditionally supportive of my ventures and always sunny where others were pessimistic or discouraging. He always encouraged my creativity and didn't laugh when I said I wanted to be an artist and nurse, and simply told me that it was my way of making the world a better place. And that's exactly what he did-- he made the world a better place. And through his friends, loved ones, and his little miracle, Skylar-- he still is. a wonderful friend whom I honored and appreciated and will always miss. Thank you, Jamie and David for making him I will always be thankful for the time I spent with him, although too short.