Over the weekend I attended the wedding of my good friend and fellow designer/photographer Chris Sztybel and Lindsay Gnudi. It was a fun time that showed the personality of both Chris and Lindsay; flowers, rose petals, Star Wars... the usual. Chris and I met years ago at our college orientation. After touring a few apartments, I ran into him in the parking lot and we got to talking. A few minutes later, and a few questions from his mom (just to make sure I wasn't some drug user or heavy drinker), we checked out one more place, signed a lease, and we were roommates.
Fast forward more than 10 years. We are still friends, and typically email or call each other around once a week. We are constantly talking about work, life, cameras, software, photo shoots, and anything design or photography related.
As I sit here drinking a Yoo-Hoo, a favorite of Chris's, that was in the welcome bag given to out of town guests at a wedding, it got me thinking about those many years ago.
A few things that Chris did for me:
- He introduced me to Fast Times at Ridgemont High
- Reminded me that there is more to the 80's than just Hair Bands
- Proved that you can turn a nice steak into a pile of ashes if left forgotten in the broiler.
- Taught me that a DeLorean can break down on a farm without having to crash into a barn (that happened at my wedding) Luckily it wasn't the flux capacitor. I think that was when Lindsay vowed never to go anywhere in the DeLorean again.
Chris and Lindsay, I wish you both the best as you head to the future. For more on Chris, check out his website www.thatwerks.com