So slowly Craig and I became friends. I’m not sure if it was friends or that I decided that I was one of the guys and he became stuck with me. We were in the same group of friends through 2008 and early 2009, and I even talked my way into a trip to Montana to Craig’s family’s cabin at Seeley Lake with two of our other friends, but our friendship didn’t really grow until I moved almost exactly half way around the world. Funny how that happens.
In July 2009, I was looking for a change and accepted a job with the USO at Camp Buehring Kuwait. It was definitely a change. In the meantime, Craig got sent to a project at the Denver Airport for 15 weeks. As we were both settling in our new locations, we found ourselves to be a little bored and so began our new found life thanks to Google Chat. We had lots to chat about too because as I mentioned, I had become one of the guys and “joined” (forced myself on to) the Lemons race team that Craig had started. Not only did I join, but twice I flew back to San Francisco from Kuwait to be at the races.
After months of chatting (I’ve always had a love for Google Chat) and years of friendship, I may have had some more feelings at this point in the story. While I thought that I was hiding them well, my friends have since informed me that flying almost 36 hours roundtrip to go to races and hang out with Craig was a little obvious. In any case, the second race was in early March 2010 and by then Craig and I were chatting just as much and I thought I just had a really great ‘friend.’
A few weeks after I got back to Kuwait in March, Craig and I were chatting late one night/morning. (I worked the night shift so I was basically on a California schedule the whole time. I would talk with Craig after work during his evening and my mornings.) We’d often talk about whatever was on tv, but this night Craig said he thought I was awesome and so started our relationship!