I Fell In Love With My Best Friend

I Fell In Love With My Best Friend

Sappy, I know.
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. don't remember what day of the week it was, but I know it was a C-Day in our high school calendar, and that meant I had Psychology class first period. Just about a half hour before class started, I threw on a white sweatshirt with blue and purple zig-zaggy lines across it. It looked identical to those Solo Jazz cups from the mid-90s. The shirt was symbolic of a newer genre of music that had yet to be popularized in the mainstream. Vaporwave was a hit in certain realms of the internet, though.

Vaporwave is a genre of music popularized on the internet between 2010 and late 2016. It is focused on making the listener feel nostalgic for a time in which they haven't lived by the display of glitchy clips and images from or inspired by the 80s and early 90s to a tune of edited elevator music and pop songs from the 80s.

I didn’t expect anyone to link my shirt to Vaporwave. I expected comments like, “You look like a cup” or “Huh, that’s interesting.” He knew though. I sat through the hour long psychology class that always ended early. But of course, because this was high school, we had to stay in the classroom until the bell rang.

Bored, I sat in my seat and looked through my phone. But he came to talk to me. The first question he ever asked me was, "You like Vaporwave?" My eyes probably lit up enough to make the fluorescent lights in the ceiling jealous. Of course, I responded positively. He introduced himself as Jake, and I told him my name as the bell rang and he walked me to my next class.

Junior prom was just around the corner in May. We both already had dates before we had even met in February, so we didn't go together The night had finally come. While I was getting my hair done, Jake texted me and asked if I had plans for after prom. I didn't, and he asked if I wanted to do something with him. Of course, I agreed.

Jake and I spent the entire night together. We danced and had a good time. When it was time to go, we drove to an empty park and confessed how we felt about one another and we shared our first kiss. Never in my life had I felt butterflies like I did that night.

Prom was held on a Friday. The following Monday, Jake asked me to come over after school. We watched the newest episode of the anime we were watching. When the 25 minute episode came to a close, he turned to me and said, "Can I ask you something?" I nodded. "Will you be my girlfriend?"

And the rest is history. Within weeks we were inseparable best friends, closer than we had ever been. Within three months we were saying "I love you."

It's been two years now. Jake and I do everything together. We share the same hobbies and we push each other to be the best we can. We have plans for the future and often get mistaken as twins. But you know what they say. The longer you're with someone, the more you start to look alike.

If you're going to fall in love with anyone, make it your best friend. Everything is better when you have them by your side. Boring errands become enjoyable because you know they'll tag along with you. Cooking and trying new recipes is one of the best parts, because you'll get to see their reaction when they absolutely love what you made. Life is better with your best friend and partner combined into one super-being. I look forward to everyday because I know I'll get to either spend time with him or enjoy the conversations and memes we send each other.

And I owe it all to Vaporwave.

Cover Image Credit: Val McFarland

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10 Things We Love and Don't Love at Weddings

It's not about the bride and groom. It's about the guests' experience.

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If you think that weddings are all about the bride and groom, then you haven't tried planning a wedding. If that was true, then the planning process wouldn't be rife with discussions, arguments, and family/friendship-altering decisions. But that's not a bad thing.

A wedding revolves around the bride and groom, and they care about their loved ones who have supported them through the lows and highs of a relationship and will continue to do so. Naturally, couples want a wedding that meets their personal desires and is a memorable party for their guests.

As someone who has been to a variety of weddings and in the throes of planning one, I'm in the perfect position to speak for the masses about what we want and don't want to see at a wedding. There's no way anyone feels differently than I do about the following:

1. Love - Personal Vows

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The dating world has been overcome with swiping, lewd pics, and group dates as traditionally romantic gestures such as flowers and an intimate dinner have taken a back seat. The world needs romance, and it can be found in personal vows. Hearing about the unique love shared between the bride and groom is sure to bring a tear to every eye.

2. Don't Love - Long Ceremonies

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We are not a patient generation. I'm not an expert, but it's safe to say our attention span, as a whole, is about 2 minutes long. Guests are there to witness a beautiful union, but they are really there to get drunk, eat, and dance – and I wouldn't test their patience during a long ceremony. From the beginning of the ceremony (walking down the aisle) to the conclusion (kiss the bride), keep it around 20 minutes. 30 tops. Any more and nobody cares. We are a fickle crowd.

3. Love - Ceremony, Reception, and Lodging in One Location

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I'm lazy. I think we all are. Does anyone want to go to a ceremony, then get in an Uber for 20 minutes to get to the reception, then get an uber back to your house, hotel, car, or whatever at the end of the night? That's a negative. The best weddings are the ones that are all-inclusive. Sure, walking a block or two is cool, but let's avoid completely separate locations.

4. Don't Love - A Selfish Officiant

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Holy mackerel, I can't stand this one. First of all, we are there to celebrate friends/family that are getting married, not to hear about how the officiant knows them or why Jesus is important. I don't want to hear your bad jokes, your familiarity with them, why they chose you, or your never-ending prayers. I want to hear the officiant speak about the bride and groom's love, their relationship, what makes them unique in this world, and celebrate their strength. Officiants shouldn't say "I" until they pronounce them Husband and Wife.

5. Love - Dancing

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Obviously. This will be discussed further down, but dancing is a blast when given a proper amount of time to boogie. Sometimes, the dance-portion of the evening can be stilted and we never can really get down they way we need to.

6. Don't Love - Frequent Stops in Dancing

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Per the last observation, a wedding has to let us get funky. By the time dancing occurs, we have quite a few people liquored up, and there's always a family member or friend that stops the dancing to give a gut-wrenching speech. Or the DJ keeps pausing the dancing for a stupid game. Or it's cake-cutting time. The point is, we like to see a wedding that is organized and has time carved out for at least 2 hours of uninterrupted bump'n'grind.

7. Don't Love - A Selfish DJ

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They suck, they suck, they are suck incarnate. They suck harder than a selfish officiant. There are DJs out there that don't realize they are a wedding DJ and think it's time to freestyle the mixing, explore outside the 90's and 2000's playlist, and use the microphone to add their own voice. If you are a wedding DJ, then all you do is make the appropriate announcements, play solid music, and occasionally get people clapping. You are one miniscule step away from being replaced by a well-seasoned Pandora – get it together.

8. Love - Personal Moment with Bride and Groom

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This one is particularly important to me as a guest, but I also understand if it can't happen. There is something truly special about getting a personal moment with the newlyweds. It's a reminder of why you're there – to support them in this special moment, and they wanted to share it with you. The reception is a blur for the bride and groom, but those who walk around and thank the guests really go the extra mile.

9. Love - Open Bar

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Duh.

10. Don't Love - Long Table Rehearsal Dinner

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This is definitely a personal thing. I can't stand birthdays, family events, friend groups, or anything involving eating at a long table. First of all, I rarely get to sit next to those I know or those I want to get to know. It feels like we all end up next to people we're not trying to meet. Yes, this is a great moment for people to get to know one another, but we aren't children that have to be squished together. I don't want to make a new connection with someone while battling with my spaghetti and trying to get dinner drunk to deal with the awkwardness. Put standing circular tables out with an open bar and dank hors d'oeuvre, and allow people to organically meet'n'greet.

To be honest, the last one does apply to weddings, but I just really wanted to get my feelings out there about 10 person 1-table evenings. They are like a selfish officiant and a selfish DJ made love and produced an awkward evening.

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