For those who donít know me, Iím Sam. Will and I have been friends since we met in homeroom the first day of seventh grade 18 years ago. What sort of shocked me was when I realized that itís also been more than 10 years since Rohini and I first became friends at UMBC.
I want to start by taking a moment to thank you all for being here to celebrate with Will and Rohini and to especially thank the Thomases for hosting us and to congratulate them and the Marises.
When I was trying to figure out exactly what goes into this thing I kept reading that Iím supposed to give the two of you advice about marriage. I donít have any experience with that, so I canít help there. I do, however, have plenty of experience living with Will, so Rohini, I can give you some thoughts about that. Iím sure youíve figured most of this out by now but Iíll repeat it anyway, just in caseÖ Willís actually a pretty easy guy to live with. Heís easy going, a good cook, has good taste in TV, pretty much everything you could want, butÖheís not the most organized person and he has an amazing ability to collect stuff, massive amounts of stuff. On the one hand, this means heís always got great books and new music to share with you, and, if for whatever reason, you need a penny whistle or a ukulele or youíre looking for a tape by some obscure hair metal band from the 80s, heís probably got it buried somewhere in there. On the other hand, thereís a lot
. I think it was his brother Matthew who described his room when we were living together as a bed in the middle of the floor defended by piles of laundry and books and cds. So, mostly I guess Iím just saying good luck with that.
More than anything though, and I know you figured this out long ago, Will is an incredible friend. This was just as true when we were living together as it is now that weíre half a continent apart. And one of the best things about being his friend for so long, is that Iíve gotten to watch as the crush he had on you ten years ago in college turned into a great friendship and Iíve gotten to see that friendship turn into a great love over the last few years. Iím sure everyone here will join me in saying how lucky we are that we get to be a part of your lives and will get to see that friendship and love continue to grow.
So, hereís to a long, happy, and healthy life as you and your love continue to grow together...cheers.