Meet Russ and Anastasia. My dear friends from my college years!
Their story started at the University of Michigan grad student mixer. Anastasia was dancing with a guy, who she felt was a bit pushy. After a few dances, she retreated back to the medical students on the couch and ended up sitting next to Russ. They talked for hours on that couch about their shared (and sheepish) love of the band Tool and her accidental run-in with the seedier side of Athenian nightlife. He ended up walking Anastasia back home and introduced her to the secrets of the undergrad campus, especially the 24/7 library that can be used for critically important bathroom breaks on the way home from the bars. Over the course of summer grilling and several long road trips their friendship grew into love. Russ’s patience and generosity astounded Anastasia, and his optimism and sincerity reflected the Midwestern attitude she come to love since moving from the East Coast; “I knew he was the one for me.”