Fun fact: My first date with Tom was eight months (to the day) of our meeting. That sounds like a creepy, stalker-esque thing to remember, but yesterday was also the eight month anniversary of Winter and Lee’s wedding (same friends who hosted the cheese party) and I met Tom at their reception. We have a lot of friends in common, and I’d seen him at a few gatherings since then, but we’ve never done anything with just the two of us.
Tom picked me up and took me to Sugarhouse Barbeque, which proclaims itself to be the best in Utah. I’m no barbeque expert, but it was pretty dang good. Our waiter, Cully, was a character who’s a closet harmonica player and lover of the blues. Tom and I sat on the patio, since the night was a perfect temperature, and spent a lot of time just eating good barbeque and talking.
I was impressed with Tom’s humility, especially since he has a lot to boast about. He’s working on his PhD in Bio-Engineering at the University of Utah and really wants to make his life a useful one. He spends a lot of his time helping other people, which I admire. He’s a deep thinker and very spiritual, so our talk dipped below surface topics quickly.
A little after dusk, we drove over to Sugarhouse park and tossed a frisbee around for a while. Tom found some cash on the ground, but left it where it was. Little things like that impressed me about his integrity. We finished the evening by going on a walk around the park together. Tom was a good listener and also a good conversationalist and it was a great way to get to know each other better in a relaxed environment.
There was something in Tom that reminded me of how I used to be when I first returned from my mission in England… such a strong desire to be good and make a difference with my life. I think that can fade over time with a lot of people, but I respect that it seems to have stayed strong with him.
All in all, the evening helped me get to know a great guy a little better. A fine way to spend a Tuesday night.