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Kristin and Tyler

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Tyler is someone I’ve known for a long, long time. We actually, as lame as it sounds, met over the Internet, through an online game we both wasted far too much time playing. He was, if I remember correctly, 12 or 13 when we first started corresponding. I was 14 or 15. Maybe even younger — we literally helped each other grow up in a lot of ways.

It’s very difficult to explain the special bond Tyler and I have. We’ve been close for as long as I can remember, really. We are two people who probably never were supposed to have crossed paths — Tyler grew up in St. Cloud, MN, while I was born and raised in Seattle, WA. But somehow, things never seemed “weird.” I’ve always felt that he’s a part of my life that is supposed to be there.

In 2002 (the first time we ever met in person), Ty drove from Minnesota to Seattle to spend a week in the area, and meet/hang out with me. When he pulled into the parking lot of my apartment building in Bellingham (where I lived at the time), he gave me a huge hug like we’d known each other all our lives, said something about my sexy eyeliner, and told me I was “tiny and cute.” Which is funny, coming from someone who is not much bigger than I am.

In Summer 2004, I was living in Everett, when Ty paid me another visit, this time for 2 weeks. He’d ridden his Harley on a cross country road trip and ended up at my place, and he, Erik and I had a great time together. When he left, I felt lost, and a month later, I flew to Minnesota to visit him for 10 days. Unfortunately, I haven’t gone out since, it’s been almost 2 years.

Which brings us to this photo. During Tyler’s visit in 2004, we spent an afternoon at Gasworks Park in Seattle. He took my camera, held it out, turned it towards himself, embraced me and shot this photo of the two of us, and it’s been one of my favorites ever since.