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Friend a Day – Marc Baker

14 - 1I haven’t known Marc very long.  We met when he started dating Molly Zupon about two years ago.  The two of us hit it off right away, I think.

Marc has a sense of humor that almost exactly matches mine.  When we get together, we exist primarily to make Molly roll her eyes at us and/or squawk in disgust.  I also like having Marc around because Molly doesn’t pay nearly as much attention to my nipples when he’s there.

I admire Marc because he’s a recovering alcoholic and when I’ve heard stories about his time as a drinker, I’m completely amazed to think that he made the decision to stop and has managed to remain sober.  I know that it has to be a struggle every day but he meets that struggle with a good sense of humor (he was on Geeks Without God to talk about it).

He’s also very self-aware.  When he realized that he was getting completely addicted to Facebook, he gave up on the platform right away.  I think that he’s got a determined character.  When he decided that something needs to be done, he takes action immediately.

One way in which that trait manifests itself is in the way he will tell someone when he likes something they’ve done.  He’s quick to complement someone for their work when he enjoys it.  As someone who has received more than one of those complements, it is a great gesture of respect.

He’s a lot more physically active than I am, which is a trait I should work harder to emulate.

Marc is very confident with who he is, which is rare.  He is open about his weaknesses and proud of his strengths.  He never pretends to be someone who he is not.

I often joke that Marc and I are boyfriends and while that is mostly done to make Molly jealous, I would totally date Marc if both of us were interested in other men.  I’m really happy he’s my friend.  The physical side will have to wait.

Friend a Day – Molly Zupon

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I first met Molly when she was a member of DeCantus.  When we would perform a show together at the end of the day, Molly was the most likely to banter with The Dregs and get in a way that was – I guess – “Dreglike.”

Then we had an opening in the band and Molly felt like the perfect fit for us.  I’m glad I’d seen that personality in her already because I found it a lot easier to envision how she would fit into the band.

When it comes to deadpan delivery, Molly is one of the best.  She spends almost every show looking like she has been forced to be a member of the worst band ever.  Then she’ll start doing a weird dance and smiling and it looks just a little bit creepy.  Which is the point.

I love to hang out with Molly because she and I have developed an entertaining banter that is unique among all of my friends.  I have no idea how or why I interact with Molly this way but it feels right.

She’s begun writing songs for the band now and I appreciate the voice she brings to our music.  The Dregs are all about six disparate voices joining together and it feels good that Molly’s voice is getting more distinct. She’s got a really good turn of phrase for lyrics and is very open to suggestion (if any are required and they usually aren’t).

Musically, her contributions have been great.  She a terrific violin player and keeps finding great ways to work her instrument into our songs.  She’s also got a great, trained voice that makes me just a little bit envious.

Molly is open with her emotions, which is something I’ve tried to emulate a little because I’m not.  When she talks about what is going on emotionally, it can often stop problem from getting worse.

I honestly can’t decide if I like her laugh or her horrified gasp more.  I guess that’s why I spend equal time trying to elicit both.

I’m so glad Molly became a member of The Dregs because I really enjoy spending time with her.