How quickly and how deceptively simply one's social context can be enriched by about 200%.
Marty and Steve are two of my best friends here whom I met towards the end of last semester. Every time we get together we find more and more to talk about and enjoy the time more. Tonight that still budding but oh so promising friendship gave me even more gifts as they connected me to 4 more people who I have more in common with in 2 hours of chitchat than I have had with most of the other people I've met or worked with (except 1 :) in 1.5 years here.
And a truly dreadful 8 days ends with my feeling more optimistic about life here than I have in months.
Thank you, Universe.