Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Please wish my friend Mike happy birthday, and read about the time I tried to steal vampire blood while he was with me

Today is my friend Mike Ostack's 51st birthday. I have not seen Mike in person in something like 30 years, but the magic of social media has allowed us to reconnect to a degree. At least virtually.

Mike was my best friend in the world from the ages of 8 through 10. He lived down the street and we hung out together a lot. Then he and his family moved to Georgia. He would occasionally come back to Cleveland to visit after that, but eventually we lost touch. It happens.

I found him on LinkedIn a few years ago, which allowed us to catch up. It's not the same as seeing someone in person, of course, but it's better than nothing.

So then, two things:

(1) Happy birthday to Mike. There's something special about an elementary school best friend, and he deserves to have a great birthday.

(2) If you're so inclined, please read this blog post from five years ago in which I describe my attempt to steal vampire blood from the drug store while Mike was with me. Four decades later, it's still a funny story.

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