I have a habit of finding the best or smartest or most talented person in a setting, and becoming close friends with them.

My long time best friend is generally considered one of the nicest most genuine people any of us know. He was the person everyone was hoping would show up at parties, a million girls wanted to date him, all that crap. He went on to do very well in college and become a successful professional in a very interesting field that people love to talk to him about.

And I always felt great when I could interrupt a conversation about him to remind everyone that he was my best friend. Even today, in our third decade of friendship, I still feel like the girl dating the quarterback.