Sara says, "A recent transplant to Nebraska, Anne is one of the
famed DC Girls crew. Though beginning our friendship at Saint Mary's and
continuing it while Anne lived in Vegas after college, it wasn't until
a year later over beers at an Irish pub in Virginia that the friendship
really took off. Anne has been my companion on many a football Saturday,
travel adventure, and many a Salsa bar or pub."
Sara says, "Though I've known of Andrea for since she was a wee
6th, it wasn't until we shared 869 square feet in an apartment for three
years where we became really good friends, and she became a key addition
to the DC Girls as well. Andrea and I rarely miss the chance for absurd
antics, a deep conversation, an unannounced happy hour or unexpected shopping
trips where I am advised on the few pieces that 'even I have to have in
Jessica Rice Healey
Sara says, "Another member of the DC Girls, Jess is the first friend
I had solely from my DC connections and my first friend from New England.
After meeting while we both were spending a semester at American University
in college, we've remained great friends ever since. Jess has been my
roommate and travel companion in such far flung destinations as the mountains
of Ecuador and on a cruise ship in the midst of the Caribbean. I credit
Jess with pushing me to try new things: like skiing, a hike in Ecuador
and new recipes, including risotto which I am still figuring out! I also
credit Jess with my adoration of sparkling wine."
Sara says, "Kim shares the dubious distinction with Andrea as the
only other person besides Josh to be my roommate for any period of time
and live to tell the tale! Kim and I went to the same pre-school, the
same kindergarten and were reunited in high school where our friendship
began in 11th grade honors English Class where Kim first began editing
my papers, which continued through college at Saint Mary's. Some of my
favorite moments with Kim include gazing out at the ocean in Amalfi, Italy,
playing cops and robbers in the halls of Holy Cross Hall and spending
time with Kim and her darling little girl Abby in Virginia."
Josh says, "Leigh complains that I still introduce her as a former
girlfriend, since, as she correctly points out, we only dated for a couple
of months back in 1990, whereas we've been friends for over fifteen years.
Of course, you all know that complaints such as this only egg me on. When
I met Leigh, she was dressed as a nun and dating a sandwich (we were both
working on a production of "Sound of Music" and her boyfriend
at the time was named Ruben). I tease Leigh that she's stalked me (she
considered transferring to Williams during a rough patch during her freshman
year at Brown, did my same junior year abroad program a year after me,
works in community economic development, and recently got her MPA). But
turnabout is fair play--she has lived in Indiana for years (her husband
has family there), but will soon move back to DC, while I am just beginning
to discover Indiana's many wonders, and to make family ties there. Passing
the Hoosier torch, so to speak."
Josh says, "Norm has known me the longest--since about 1986. We
attended Lee Junior High and Kennedy High School together. I taught him
everything I knew (at the time) about calculus, which is why he did so
well in math in high school, got into college, and recently got his MBA.
In exchange, he taught me everything he knew about dating and "the
ladies" which is why...it took me until now to finally get engaged!
Norm and I have also played so many games of pool that the number cannot
be measured by science--all the while discussing topics as wide-ranging
as the Washington Redskins and affirmative action."
Josh says, "John is a fellow Marylander. We met while practicing
the state's official sport, jousting (this is half true--jousting really
is the state sport). We actually met at Williams College (sports team:
The Ephs, mascot: the purple cow), living against our will in the only
all-male dorm on campus. If for no other reason, I must be eternally grateful
to John...for introducing me to the Berger's cookie, official wedding
favor of the Pluta/Gibson wedding."
Josh says, "Eric is the closest thing I ever had to a roommate in
my life, prior to Sara. He and I shared a two-bedroom, one-bath suite
in our host family's house in Paris during our junior year abroad. This
was an early James Carville/Mary Matalin moment--the year was 1992, Eric
was supporting George H.W. Bush (with whom he had just completed a White
House internship), and I was supporting Bill Clinton (with whom, unbeknownst
to me at the time, I would complete a White House internship the following
summer...no Monica jokes, please...). Despite our political differences
(I think the past 13 years have taught him the wisdom of my ways...),
we were fast friends, soaking up CNN International, the International
Herald Tribune, and any ice cream within arm's reach. Our favorite Spanish
words: el grippe and la peseta."
Josh says, "Naheed is a rara avis, which fellow Latin scholar Norm
could tell you means not "enthusiastic rental car" but "rare
bird" or "one of a kind." Naheed's family is from Calgary,
Canada via Toronto via Tanzania via India (I hope I got that right...).
We were classmates at the Kennedy School, and quickly came to share common
passions--marshmallow fluff, leaf-peeping trips, student government, and
the school paper (I believe it was while working for the paper we figured
out that Spellcheck's suggested replacement for "Naheed Nenshi"
was "naked nancy")."
Sara says, "David is my "little" brother who towers over
me. He is definitely the Pluta you want to be stranded on an Island with
because he is so handy and talented he can fix or build anything, but
you wouldn't miss a chance to invite him to a party either: he's a dancer
(yes, even the polka) and can talk to anyone. He considers himself the
Unofficial Mayor of Chesterton and is a MOPAR fanatic - with the wheels
to back it up. "