Tomorrow is Lance’s birthday, but I thought I’d get this out a day early so I don’t forget to post something.
Lance is a guy I’ve known since college, when we worked together at the Pioneer Newspaper at CSU Hayward (I REFUSE to call it CSU East Bay) when he showed me the ropes and taught me how to make newspapers look pretty, Eric Ronning be damned. He also helped me get a job on campus helping in the Macintosh lab in Meiklejohn Hall, the easiest 15-hour job in the world. This wouldn’t be the last time Lance helped me find a job…
After graduation, as it seems to always happen, Lance and I lost touch. He had a full-time job, I had school and two part-time jobs and we sort of went our separate ways. This would all change once I married Jen and he married Tina. Soon, we were hanging out quite a bit and our wives got along well, which was icing on the cake! When Lance and Tina had Jenna almost six years ago, I was coming over to visit just to see her, she was my first real experience with a baby and I’m so grateful to Lance and Tina for allowing me to be a part of her, and their, life. It wasn’t too long after she was born that I was given the moniker "crazy Uncle Ted" which all three of his girls now refer to me as.
Here’s how Lance found me another job, in a roundabout sort of way. He used to work at Lanlogic and helped Tom (and Gene) land a job here. Tom and I have been friends just about as long as Lance and I, so when there was an opening here, Tom helped me land an interview and, eventually, the job I currently have. If not for Lance, I’d be working in the South Bay doing inside sales for some semiconductor company or something.
Anyway, Lance turns 32 tomorrow, and he’s the one who’s given me a great gift: A lifetime friend and a second family.
Thanks Lance. Thanks for being there when needed and for being there when NOT needed. You have a wonderful family and I’m very lucky to have you as a friend and a brother in every sense but blood.