I just found this old picture on my hard drive:
That's me and Ned Vizzini in 2003, outside Don Hills. I must have been a junior in college then, and Ned had just graduated or was about to graduate... we'd probably known each other for less than a year. How he got the black eye is a story I'll leave untold right now (who knows if I even remember it correctly). I look very smug in this picture, I think... something about my mouth. And Ned looks like my ne'er-do-well Brooklyn bruiser cousin. Italians!