Although Lee and I started around the same time, I think Ryan was one of my first actual friends at Wizards that I didn’t work closely with. Ryan’s got a very similar temperament to me, and a very similar sense of humor, which means hanging out with him is great. Not only that, but he’s a good influence on me: not only did he get me into Wallyball, which is an excellent way to exercise and hang out with friends (which I have been missing recently due to trips and general fatigue), but he convinced me to go out for a beach volleyball tournament with him, to go to a singles comedy club night (where we met awesome new friends!), to enjoy the hilarious and interesting microtalks of Ignite Seattle, and just generally to go out and have a great time with friends, but you know, out!

Ryan and I have also commiserated quite a bit over love life – he’s much better at it than I am, because he doesn’t get all bogged down in overanalysis/regret like I do! – which has provided very entertaining and also character-building conversations over the course of the last few years. Ryan’s a great guy, and I feel like I learned a lot by example from him in terms of how to be more open/honest/friendly with women up front, and how to just get out and not worry too much about what other people think when you are socializing. Ryan’s also one of my go-to friends when I want to watch a movie in the theater, because he had an awesome childhood of “family owned the local movie theater.”

To sum up, Ryan’s totally sweet, and I’m very glad I have him to talk to when I am having personal quandaries and to join for adventurous outings here in Seattle.

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