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What Friends Are For

I seriously have the greatest friends in the world. Just wanted to throw that out there.

This past weekend, I took a trip to Patchogue, New York (in Long Island) to meet up with some of the guys from RIT: Jake, Sam, Alex, and Jon (whose house we stayed at). We had been planning this for weeks and it was finally coming to pass.

The way down from Rochester with Jake and Sam could not have been worse for most people. It rained. We paid a ton of money for gas in New York when it was thirty cents in cheaper in New Jersey. Traffic on the GW Bridge was awful. Worst of all, the music system did not work!! But in reality, it proved what great friends we were. Jake, Sam, and I could hold a conversation for eight hours! That’s unheard of in this day and age. It was incredible! (Of course having 3G helps…)

Once we got in, the bromances were brought to life again. These guys were the guys I chilled with on a regular basis and we had all kinds of fun back at school. We saw Dave Matthews together. We held “Acoustic Fridays” in the dorm tunnels (I sang because I’m still learning how to play guitar). So when we saw each other, the fun picked right back up.

We were supposed to go out to the port Friday night but it rained. Instead, we went bowling. We talked shop, goofed around, and had one amazing time. Shooting shots between the legs and dancing to the music like idiots also added to the fun.

Saturday, we went to Fire Island. I had not been to the ocean since I went to the Bahamas in sixth grade! When we got there, it was gorgeous. It was hot. The water was cold. The girls were beautiful. Guitars were broken out about halfway through. We body surfed along the waves crashing on the shore. We all got nice and tan from the sun (well, at least most of us…). All in all, it was one of the best trips I have ever taken to the beach and I cannot wait to be back.

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At night, we visited Port Jefferson. This is a beautiful area that reminded me of Lewiston, NY because it has the small stores, near the water, and is truly a great place to walk through. We took a walk through the dock admiring the boats that we could only dream of buying.  We saw the ferry that takes people and cars over to Connecticut. And yes, we got delicious ice cream.

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But then, we did something that we were actually pretty nervous about. Jon brought up the idea. We decided to set up near the ice cream stand and play/sing for people! AND WE MADE FOUR DOLLARS! I didn’t think I could make any money with my singing. That was something I had always wanted to do and actually doing it proves how hard it is. Hopefully we will be able to keep that up  the next school year and possibly play for others in the city of Rochester (for tips).

When I got home after a flawless drive back on Sunday, I took a moment to thank God for all of the blessings I have. I realized that I truly have the greatest friends on the face of this planet. They are always so kind and respectful. Regardless of what we are doing, we always have a blast and make the most out of any opportunity we get. I know RIT was the right school for me and it is mostly because of those that I love.

So thank you guys for the most amazing weekend of the summer! I love you all! Oh, and 19 days from today is when I go back!!!

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