If you want the short story - We met at school..the end. If you want the long story - keep reading!
It all started way back in 2007 when Elisabeth and Nick were enrolled in the same drawing class at Grossmont College. It was about 2 weeks into the semester when the class went on a field trip to the Hyde Gallery on campus to check out the student art work on display. Elisabeth enjoyed art and the galleries that housed it, so she took a little bit more time taking in all the mediums that the gallery had to offer. Nick on the other hand did what he needed to do to fulfill the requirements of the assignment and stepped outside to wait for the class. As Elisabeth made eye contact with Nick as she stepped out of the door of the gallery, Nick only had seconds to muster up something to say, and that is when the poetic words were spoken..."how bout this weather" Elisabeth could not believe her ears and without missing a beat she tugged on the draw strings of her sweatshirt hood and said "yeah it sure is cold out here"
It was from that moment on that Elisabeth and Nick would be drawing class buddies. Nick was a good listener and Elisabeth had a lot to say. Nick talked about the St. Louis Cardinals and Elisabeth talked about everything! One of her favorite games to play with Nick was guess the celebrity. Elisabeth discovered Nick’s lack of Hollywood knowledge during a drawing assignment where they had to find a face in a magazine and draw it. Elisabeth found a Cover Girl advertisement and proceeded to draw Jennifer Lopez. When she asked Nick who the famous face belonged to, he had no clue and answered Angelina Jolie. Elisabeth thought maybe it was due to her poor execution of drawing Jennifer to the right proportions, so she showed him the cover girl advertisement. Nick still had no idea who this famous woman was. Therefore it became a game in which every celebrity woman or man was always Angelina Jolie according to Nick. Elisabeth learned of Nick’s sarcasm quickly and found joy in receiving the same answer from him every time. And Nick enjoyed making her smile.
Throughout the semester Elisabeth and Nick bonded over their hatred for charcoal drawing and depth and shadow exercises. They shared the same sense of humor and were often asked to quiet down during drawing exercises. Soon they would look forward to seeing each other every Tuesday and Thursday. Each time picking up were they left off and enjoying the 90 minutes of class time together. But it was during this semester at Grossmont that Elisabeth discovered The Art Institute and left mid semester to attend The Art Institute. Elisabeth regretted never getting Nick’s number and Nick felt the same when Elisabeth failed to show up to class 2 weeks in a row never to return.
After Elisabeth had started her first quarter at The Art Institute, she remembered a conversation she and Nick had about his love for graphic design and wanting to look into attending a school like The Art Institute. So Elisabeth did what anyone trying to contact someone from their past would do and logged onto MySpace! Elisabeth was able to find Nick via MySpace and left him a message about where she had gone and that she thought he might like the school too! Nick was happy to hear from Elisabeth and surprised she cared enough to contact him. He visited The Art Institute and started attending the school shortly after Elisabeth did. It was only a matter of time before Nick and Elisabeth would run into each other in the halls at school once again. They had brief conversations about Elisabeth’s struggle with Photoshop and Nicks dislike of paying $30 for parking (which explained the skateboard he always had in tow.) Nick offered to help Elisabeth with her Photoshop issues and they exchanged emails. Little did he know he was about to embark on a 3-year journey with Elisabeth’s homework needs!
The first assignment that Nick helped put together for Elisabeth was a photography assignment. Elisabeth had taken the photos but needed help laying them out in Photoshop. Nick helped without hesitation and the assignment was sent to her inbox titled "Nick is awesome." After opening the email to download the attachments Elisabeth noticed each attachment had a clever name, "nickisawesome", "nickisawesome2", and "nickisawesome3" The file names made Elisabeth smile which Elisabeth later found was something that Nick made her do a lot. In a time of stress and confusion Nick had managed to make change her mood just by naming an attachment.
It was Nick's willingness to help Elisabeth that brought them close once again. Nick would often joke with Elisabeth saying she owed him a beer for all the work he had done for her. Elisabeth agreed that yes, at some point they must go out for a beer. Well, that beer would happen eventually, but before that happened Nick and Elisabeth started spending time together in the evenings after class. They spent an entire night watching family videos of each other, laughing at Nicks rat tail and Elisabeth’s mullet she had for a few unfortunate years of her childhood. They experienced an instant bond and had a number of things in common and before they knew it they were spending every day together. Elisabeth and Nick believe that true love is falling in love with your best friend and that is exactly what they did.