|Wishing a happy 30th birthday to Libran pal since our hellish Colonel White High School for the Arts days.|
About thirteen years ago, on the outdoor grounds of torturous high school, I was introduced to fellow creative free spirited, quiet yet humorous, Asia Aneka Anderson, whom prior to meeting, Stephanie Bramel had quoted, "You have got to meet this girl. She's a lot like you."
And indeed we have much in common.
Taste in widened kaleidoscope of music. Quirky, unique fashion style. Appreciation for creative writing, books, and poetry. Love for autumn and October brilliance. Working at the library because one cannot spell library without "Libra!"
And yes, most importantly, our birthdays are two days apart.
She is an intelligent, talented, gifted, observant, beautiful, funny lady and I'm glad to call her a friend!
Back in the day, afternoons spent in Mrs. Rogers' crowded art room, letting creativity roam free, bonding over Justin Timberlake's attractiveness while outside during the lunch hour amongst our selective band of misfits, we attempted the easy peasy, hand waving, stomp your feet as you twirl in a circle "Bye, Bye, Bye" dance. Just two brown, alternative, quiet girls excitedly crushing on late 90's early 2000's pop revival. Though she hated Britney, I loved her.
We weren't obsessed with narcissistic high school peers- the jocks, the cheerleaders, the in-betweens.
Asia and I were true visionaries.
Our explored imaginative worlds often starred intriguing people worth admiring and our life goals planned seeking independence from workforce and waving artistic freedom flags- Asia dreams of becoming a Rolling Stone music journalist while I want to become a traveling artist/fiction writer.
There's still ample time to put those seeds into fruition...
The first film we saw together was 2002's Josh Hartnett's 40 Days and 40 Nights, a story about a sex addict who takes on a vow of chastity and on his last climatic day, he has this strange creepy dream about flying through a sea of boobs. Talk about awkward...
Other big screen pictures we both enjoyed- Lord Of The Rings, just about every Elijah Wood movie ever created even Happy Feet, Harry Potter, independent genre, and so much more. Heck, we adore some of the same actors, but with her living in opportunistic Chicago (she moved away so long ago *sobs*), often she meets and poses with them (coughs Tyrese Gibson & Josh Duhamel), but I feel more happiness than envy because of this spiritual connection quality.
Weird, but it's real and genuine.
She has been to Australia. I visited Paris.
But of course one of these days, we'll venture to another foreign country- perhaps at the same time, on the same airplane. Maybe have a London adventure that involves stalking Harry Potter actors or J.K. Rowling while having tea and biscuits and photographing landmarks.
A Libra can dream right?
It's rare nowadays to have friends or a friend that truly get who you are and what you aspire to be and make a pact to stay in contact with that individual, especially when they move far away. Thanks to the wonderful Internet, connected by the threads Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and now Instagram provides, I can still chat with my bosom buddy whenever possible. She understands me and I feel the same way about her.
That kind of camaraderie is a rewarding treat!
|Chilling in Mrs. Rogers' art room on my 17th birthday with Stephanie & Asia- one dollar bills pinned to my shirt.|
|The front of Asia's senior picture. Calm, cool, collected. Very, very classy. Heavy alliteration use....|
|"Never let anyone tell you that you can't accomplish your dreams cuz you can."- Asia "Timberlake" Anderson, 2001|
|My Justin Timberlake marionette! Ugh. Why did I throw him & JC away??? :(|
|Our stance. But who is that person in the back trying to steal Libran thunder?|
|A take in between Asia's Youtube documentary filmed at the Dayton Metro Library starring Asia, Sabrina, & me! Alas the only feature I would ever be caught dead in. Unless she has plans for another...|
|Our karaoke night of Justin Timberlake/Timbaland's "Sexyback" & Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" at Therapy Cafe in downtown Dayton.|
|The Windy City meetup over drinks & rich men hunting.|
|Outside the bar looking like superstar winners after two sweet fruity drinks each!|
|"Two Libras are so much better than one," says the green pea in the pod!|
That's what you're supposed to do!
FYI: Looking for an online place to truly appreciate Asia's writing style? Look no further than Tumblr. Please read her prose Moonwalking To Heaven, an inspirational, moving story about the spiritual adventures of beloved singer Michael Jackson as he copes with death and the afterlife. Hopefully, it'll open up blurry eyes, give encouraging strength to continue life's earthy journey, and provide sweet conclusion that it's best to be humbled and be thankful to all that warms the heart.
One could always be less fortuitous...