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September, 2012

  1. Friends Recommend – Sami Jarrah

    September 20, 2012 by Kaitlin

    The world attempted to push Sami Jarrah and me to be friends before either of us were ready to accept the greatness that is now our companionship. Not only did we go to the same tiny college, we also lived on the same freshman hall, were both English majors and both worked in our school’s Annual Fund office.

    But it wasn’t until we went on the same summer study abroad program to the UK after sophomore year and happened to find ourselves sitting next to each other on a train to Scotland that we discovered we had a lot in common. Namely, a love of travel, an unquenchable thirst for cider (Scrumpy Jack, if you’ve got it), and an appreciation for cute guys with accents.

    Later we’d learn that we both listen to a lot of podcasts, so it makes sense that we’d finally do one together.

    This is the first picture iPhoto tells me we have together. Edinburgh Castle, summer of 2005. Yikes.

    I apologize for our unfortunate fashion choices. And our hair styles. Or lack thereof.

    Since then, we’ve moved across the country together, lived with a psychotic cat (RIP, Necy) in Portland, and befriended strippers and doctors, sometimes in the same night. We’re connectors; good at introducing folks to each other who would one day become friends. We’d throw a party every year to celebrate the anniversary of our arrival in Portland because we were vain and self important enough to think people would care. Turns out, people DID care. That, or they just liked the free booze. Either way, they came, they danced, and we’d congratulate ourselves on amassing an awesome group of acquaintances.

    Now that I’m in LA, we don’t see each other as often, but make an effort to meet up at least every couple of months. Our latest excursion in the name of friendship was to Las Vegas, and I must say this is incontrovertible proof that we’ve gotten better (and by better, I mean hotter) with age.


    Sami’s smart and kind, but he’s also full of surprises. I think this is reflected in his recommendations, which range from compassionate to…ahem…creepy.


  2. Friends Recommend – Toya Holness

    September 12, 2012 by Kaitlin

    Podcast time! This is big news for all 3.2 of you who told me I should start a podcast. It’s not brilliant, it’s not earth-shattering and it’s far from perfect, but maybe you’ll learn about something or someone of interest. Or maybe not, but it’s only 15 minutes long, and I know you spend longer than that doing dishes/folding laundry/Facebook stalking yet another round of wedding photos (no, only me?) every day, so you may as well listen while you engage in menial daily drudgery and two kill birds, or whatever.

    The premise is simple. I talk to a friend. He or she gives me three recommendations: one thing to WATCH, one thing to READ, and one thing to LISTEN to. Watch, read, listen. Bam, bam, bam. I’m less interested in people’s top 10 lists (even though I know they generate way more page views) and more interested in talking in depth about fewer items.

    It’s fitting that Toya would be my first guest/unwitting victim. She’s bold, outgoing, and always game to go on an adventure. We’ve spent more time hanging out in foreign countries than in the US, but she’s one of my few friends who’s actually a SoCal native. I work in journalism, she’s in PR. She’s a stellar soccer player, I despise running with every bone in my woefully out of shape body. Society tells us we should be enemies, but somehow we’ve overcome. I’d tell you more, but you have to listen to the podcast for that, silly.

    I have lots of pictures of us together in London, all dolled up and looking cute. I also have this picture of us acting like damn fools on the grounds of Highclere Castle, aka DOWNTON ABBEY, so naturally that’s the one I’ll post.

    It just felt right at the moment, OK? We had also gotten no sleep the night before because we may or may not have had a massive term paper due that morning.


    For your watching/reading/listening pleasure, Toya recommends…


  3. September 2012 Playlist

    September 1, 2012 by Kaitlin

    I like music. Many of my friends like music. We’re part of a secret club where we geek out over music in emails and texts.

    Every month I make a playlist of about 20 songs. I’ve been doing this for years now. In college, when you had to burn the things on CD’s to pass them around, they were quite the hot commodity. Seriously, like one month, three different people asked me for one.

    Now I can share them much more easily, hopefully on the first day of every month. And look at that. So far, I’m totally consistent. Enjoy and leave suggestions for October, yeah?