This is a way overdue post for Hannah Harrison: long-time friend, devoted reader of my blog and former China resident herself. I feel really indebted to her for the support I get while I'm here - it's heartening to know that there's someone out there who checks in on me and understands all the quirks and tribulations of living in China. And who understands all my Michael & Michael & David references. (And my Arrested Development references, 30 Rock references, early Family Guy references...). And she likes SET. And she had an incredibly beautiful, fun, and special wedding last summer that I had the privilege of attending. I could write a whole post about it, but in short: it was in Austin, she looked radiant, we had a miniature Michigan reunion, the country music band was great, the margaritas were flowing,she was marrying an awesome dude, and the next day, everyone (including her really terrific parents) spent the whole day at the best water park in the world.
But before any of those things came to light, we were just two fresh-faced young women sharing a hallway in East Quad (which is how we met). We both took Chinese classes together and I was grateful for a friend, because those classes are usually populated with - for lack of a better word - weirdos. Then we would go back to our dorm and study and watch television and roll around on the floor. Hannah would make some popcorn and I would eat it. But eventually, she would venture to the library to study organic chemistry for hours at a time because she's one of the most hardworking people I know. Then we all grew up, kind of, and moved to the city, where would meet at our favorite cheap bar filled with NYU students and talk about our jobs and life and Wet Hot American Summer. After spending two years teaching in the New York City public school system, she's changing her focus to medicine, and I know wherever she ends up, she'll do great. While I hope that we can live in the same city again, if she does end up in Texas I'll secretly be glad because it'll be an excuse to visit her and eat delicious barbecue and savor the South. 我 爱 你！ 我也想你！ 你 是 很 好 的 朋友！我 知道你考 MCAT 的时侯， 你会考得非常好 。 (Totally grammatically wrong, but you get my drift...) Miss you, H-Bar!