Thursday, July 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Yoni!

I know a lot of people. Well, not really KNOW them, but I am acquainted with them. And that’s fine. In reality, there are only a handful of people that will have a lasting influence in our life. I guess we could go into a deep discussion as to how even the guy crossing the street when we are about to make a right turn at the traffic light could affect how old we are going to be when we go into our midlife crisis, but looking back there is no way we could trace those events back to a specific encounter with somebody. But we can immediately recognize when we meet someone unique.

I have always had a great deal of respect for social media. I am glad I was able to recognize its utility and reach early on. My wife was a bit hesitant at first, but has now seen what I was talking about when I was telling her about making key connections with people that may be somewhere else in the world that will be important for us. We don’t know how long they are going to be in our life, but I am certain they won’t be forgotten like the guy crossing the street.

In a way, I met Yoni through social media. We became acquainted thanks to a mutual passion for poker and started interacting on Tweeter. Man he is something. It’s his birthday today and I’ve been teasing him about NOT congratulating him. He is a bit of an attention whore. And I say this with all the love in the world. But then we also went to Vegas for WSOP 2010 and 2011 and WSOP-C in San Diego and have recognized in the group of friends we have that we are not going anywhere for a while and that our friendship will continue through the years. That much we can be certain of. I would name everybody, but today is Yoni’s b-day and I wanted to honor who he is.

He is a noble and sincere person. There are people that play an angle and a part to the tee in order to gain something but they can at some point be pinpointed and dealt with accordingly. The thing about Yoni is that he will come upfront and frank, sometimes with innocence and playfully but with good intentions. There aren’t that many people like that. He has this childlike quality to him that shows his gentle demeanor and he makes an honest effort to remain true to his convictions. I see that he also is wise enough to learn of his mistakes and move forward, and I respect all of these qualities in him.

Today was his birthday. And even though I teased/trolled him about not congratulating him, the truth is that I wished him the very best all day long today and every other day as well, because he deserves it. He is a great person that can make you laugh and feel good with his jokes and crazy ideas and someone you want by your side during difficult time because he will support you and encourage you along the way.

I haven’t been there for the different times you have needed a friend, but I wanted too. I appreciate you a great deal and I want you to know that I consider you my friend. I really want you to thrive because you have everything you need to do it. I hope you have an amazing time with the people that love you and are close to you and that you continue to keep that amazing attitude that makes you the great friend you are.

Happy birthday Yoni!

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