1. Our Friendship: Describing my friendship with Jay can be a little complicated, but also not complicated at the same time. It delves into the fact that relationships go through ups and downs. However, if they are meant to be long lasting relationships, they can indeed withstand virtually anything. Jay, from day one, has always been a genuine guy, a little goofy but nonetheless a dependable, smart, and good hearted man you always want on your side. Jay has a knack for working extremely hard towards the things he is passionate about and not caring what he has to do to achieve those goals. I as well share that sentiment, which is why Jay and I bumped heads a little (a lot) in college when it came to fraternity business. However, as much as there may have been a mixture of clashing egos, pettiness, and just being rude jack wagons to each other, my opinion of Jay never changed. I always knew he was a great well rounded guy that was going to go off and do great things, possessed a great moral compass, and always treated those close to him like gold. After letting all of the fraternity drama subside, it was evident that we were more alike than we were different. I’m glad that I grew up a little bit after college, and I was able to truly put those things behind me so that we could get back to the things that made us friends in the first place. The past 6 years knowing Jay have been filled with a lot of good times and experiences I’m glad that I now share with him, and I know there will a lot more to come.
2. Favorite Memories with Jay:
Definitely has to be TCU weekend 2012 in DFW. When Jay was a little freshman, we took a bunch of fraternity brothers to Dallas to be in the area for the TCU/Tech football game that year (which we won in triple overtime, Wreck Em). So we wanted to turn up and get crazy, but most of us weren’t 21 and were too scared to try our fake IDs in Dallas. We ended up a local Pi Kapp chapters house at UTA and probably had one or 12 too many. There was this thing they did at the house called “Shoot the Boot”, and essentially the rule was if you spilled a drink from being to clumsy they would chant “SHOOT THE BOOT” and pass a round a literal glass boot; everyone got to fill it with a little bit of their drinks and other random things that could be questionably ingested. I had spilled a drink and blamed it on Jay and told him to do it because he was a pledge at the time. Later we found Jay and his pledge brother Joseph just sitting outside on a paved porch with their heads in their arms just DONE for the night. It might have been my fault, but it was quite the fun night.
3. How I know Jay and Justine:
Well, Justine has been my best friend since freshmen year of college, and we virtually did everything together during my undergrad years. Justine initially had a crush on Jay since the day he became a Pledge of our fraternity. Things never really lined up for them both till years later, but things always happen for a reason, and this marriage is another example of that sentiment. I recall the beginning of Jay and Justines relationship when Justine initially talked to me about it, there was a little bit of drama in the beginning because they both felt very strongly about each other but they just didn’t know how to say it or admit it to each other . Luckily, they worked it out and have been inseparable since.
4. Favorite Memory with Jay and Justine:
Middle-lands (a music festival near Houston) in the summer of 2017 for sure would be my favorite memory. I remember after one of the nights we went to some of the after parties on the camp grounds. I remember just walking around going to all these little DJ sets, carrying a cooler of beer at like 1 or 2am, quite possibly seeing some of the strangest people I ever seen. I look over and Jay and Justine were just in their element together. It was great getting to experience that festival with them and seeing how they interacted with each other for an extended period of time. Two souls who truly care about each other, and can enjoy life not only together but with the world around them.