I am fortunate to have long-time friends. I have always felt I learned something from each, and they have enriched my life. I liken my life's journey to that of a stone that falls into a stream high on a mountain and is honed and polished in its downward path, arriving at the end of its journey with the patina of time, marked by remnants of encounters along its way. Someone once said "If you want to know who I am, look at my friends". Wise words indeed!