S: D a v i d ~ a book of love 2010
BC: ALabor of Love | February - December 2010
FC: David a book of love
1: As you may or may not know, Dave will be graduating from University of Michigan's Master's program in the spring. We have been thinking about what we can do to commemorate his graduation. Humans find meaning in life from different sources. It probably comes as no surprise that for Dave this meaning (or some enormous chunk of it :)) comes not from work, hobbies, etc., but from his relationships with others. To commemorate Dave's graduation, we are compiling a book. The book will consist of words and pictures from the people that once did and/or do matter a great deal to him. We cannot think of anything else that would mean as much to him. You are one of the people he has mentioned to be of great significance or regarded with great fondness in his life, either at present or at some point. You are being sent this letter first because your absence in this book would make it very incomplete. We would love for you to be a part of this book—details are below if you are interested in contributing to it. Thank you so much, firstname.lastname@example.org
2: gtftbfff yhnyhg iukjmyujmyu,klu fdgvdsx | On August 1st, 1984 David Michael Masselink entered this world and we were Blessed!
3: In his nursery above the crib, there was a sign that read: Cleaning and scrubbing can wait ‘til tomorrow, For babies grow up – we have learned to our sorrow. So settle down cob webs, dust go to sleep. I’m rocking my baby, and babies don’t keep!”
4: Truer words were never spoken. You grew up so fast! And from the time you were a toddler and started to talk, one thing became perfectly clear.You loved to learn. You were naturally inquisitive and asked more “how” and “why” questions than any parents should ever have to answer. You had a thirst for knowledge and a love of nature. So whether we were out for a walk, or you were examining the “specimens” you collected under your new microscope, you were excited to fill your brain with knowledge. Your favorite gifts were activity work books, science or chemistry sets, My Pal 2 robot, and magazines or books of any kind. I think you read the entire encyclopedia, “just for fun”. Everything was a puzzle and a challenge to you. Maybe that’s why you searched the entire house looking for (and finding) all of your Christmas presents – long before December 25th. Then, knowing you were probably in trouble, you shared the “secret hiding spot” with Michelle. I guess you figured if you were going to be punished, you were bringing her down with you! On family vacations, it became your job to map out our route at the amusement parks and direct us from ride to ride. You enjoyed studying the map and planning our time. A perfect day for you would include a morning trip to the zoo, and an afternoon spent at a "hands-on" museum.
5: spring is here! | Epcot Center was probably one of your favorite places! It combined the action and excitement of rides with new technology and learning - a great combination for you. Your personality was generous and caring. Even as a small boy, you would give up your last animal cracker or your favorite toy, if someone asked for it. I will always remember the time when you bought all of your siblings an ipod shuffle for Christmas. I’m still not sure who was more excited that morning when the gifts were being opened – you or them. Your sisters and brother looked up to you with admiration and respect. Through junior high and high school, your academic excellence continued to amaze us. You put your heart and soul into Science Olympiad and Math Challenge, and you won college awards that we didn’t even know existed. You played all four years on the hockey team, traveled to Spain, and graduated near the top of your class. We were very proud parents. Our many prayers went with you as you headed off to college. Although it was a big adjustment, you continued your winning streak by being awarded the ’31 E Scholarship and becoming an RA so you could get free room and board. You participated on a winning solar car team, and came away with more knowledge and experience than money could buy. And, once again, it became clear that nothing could stand between you and your goals. So, we are not surprised now that you are graduating with your Masters’ Degree from one of the top engineering schools in the nation. Looking to the future, we pray that you remember your past. Remember the good times you’ve had with your family and the faith and values we tried to pass on to you. As you head off to California to pursue your dreams, you take with you the love and support of your family and friends. We will continue to pray for you not so much for success, because we have no doubt that you will succeed at whatever you put your mind to. Instead, we pray for your happiness, because happiness is what dreams are made of. We are filled with love and pride as we watch you graduate. Congratulations! Love, Mom and Dad
6: I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living my baby you'll be
7: Sweet Cheeks
9: Where there is love, there is life
10: Dear Big Brother, I spent the last few weeks trying to figure out how to tell you how important you are to me and how much I love you. I hope you can bear with my attempts to put how much I care about you into words. Some of my earliest memories in life are of us together. I thought you were the smartest, coolest, big brother ever. Of course, I still got mad at you and thought you were mean sometimes, but most of the time I just wanted to learn to be like you. Although I no longer want to become exactly like you (computers will never be my thing), you have no idea how much I still respect and love you and continue to learn from you. I love seeing pictures of us as small children together because it is so obvious how protective you were of me, and how much you cared for me. I really appreciate that that hasn’t changed much as we’ve grown. I still feel like you would stand up to anyone who was being mean to me, just like you did back then. I consider myself to be so blessed to have such a wonderful family, especially for how close we siblings were growing up. I think my favorite memory is still Kelsey and I talking through the vents to you and Ryan before we were allowed to go on the main floor on holidays, and trying to figure out which presents would be waiting for us. Or maybe it’s the time you showed me all the Christmas presents you found in the basement bedroom in the old house. That still makes me laugh a lot. Not to mention all the great memories of playing in our huge backyard and catching snakes and lizards. I was so lucky to have you. I often find myself lost in those wonderful memories and missing being able to see you every day. I think one of the most terrifying moments I can ever remember was the day you were in the car accident. Even though your injuries ended up being somewhat minor, I remember being so terrified of the injuries being worse than they looked and of ever losing you. I was so incredibly relieved when Mom told us you were going to be fine. When I was going to start high school and was scared about not knowing anyone, I remember how much better you made me feel. I knew that I had a big brother there and you would take care of me and be there if I needed someone. As high school went on and I started to have problems with my eating disorder and depression, you cared enough to call Mom and Dad to tell them what you had heard.As much as I was angry and in denial, I was so thankful to know someone loved me and cared enough to take that uncomfortable step of trying to help me. In that period of depression and confusion, that meant the world to me, Dave.
11: Thank you. I still often think of you (and the rest of our family) if I start to struggle with those things and it always helps pull me out of it to remember just how loved I am. As I went away to college and started to realize life was more than the bubble I had grown up in, it was through you that I found so much courage to question and grow into my own person. Regardless of what your beliefs are now and how much they do or don’t exactly coincide with my own, I credit much of my journey in becoming who I am to always knowing I had a big brother who would love me even if my views began to stray from what Mom and Dad and the rest of the family thought. I knew you had been there and been through that difficult process of letting go of some of the beliefs you grew up with. I knew you would understand how it felt and love me anyway. It was invaluable to me to have that reassurance while going through that. I’ve always hoped that together we can help give Ryan and Kelsey any confidence they may need to really explore who they are. When I visited you recently on the way to Grandma’s funeral, I was reminded again of just how generous, loving, and accepting you are. And how much I respect and admire that in you. I was so thankful that you were immediately willing to go out of your way and rearrange your schedule to help make it possible for me to get home, even when that meant some potential inconveniences for you. We need more people like you in the world. I hope that you will keep searching for truth and keep fighting to make the world a better place, especially in the little, everyday ways. We need more people who love others deeply, regardless of what they do or do not do. I see that in you so much. I know that you will continue to change lives. I am convinced that loving people in the way you do is the best way to really be happy and satisfied in life. I don’t say it nearly enough, Dave, but you mean the world to me; you always will. No matter where life takes either of us, or how far away from each other we end up physically, you will always be my one and only big brother. I will always love you for exactly who you are. I’m so proud of you for all the work you’ve put in to graduate with your Master’s and to reach the goals you have in life. I brag about you all the time and I am sure that will not stop anytime soon! My greatest hope for your future is that you can be fully satisfied with life, appreciate the little things, and do every single thing you want to do before your life is done—I am always here for you and I will do anything I can to help make that possible. You deserve the absolute best. I hope that we continue to become even closer and that we will never forget how important family is. I love you, David. Love, Michelle
12: One day, with someone like Dave to look up to...
13: ... I will become a great engineer, and a great person.
14: I'm so proud of you and all of your many accomplishments. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have bragged about having such a smart and nice brother. Thanks for always being here for me, and now it's my time to give that support back. Congratulations on your graduation, Dave. I I love you a lot. Your little sister, Kelsey | We are 7 years apart in age, which made it difficult when you moved away at 18 and I was only 11. I sometimes feel like we did not really have much of a chance to ever get to know each other all that well. Fortunately, you've always been supportive of me and made the effort to hangout and spend time with me when you do come home. I remember going out to coffee with you and Michelle, and both of you just went crazy with asking me questions about boys and I got up and walked away. It's kind of funny now that I think about it, but believe me, at the time I wanted nothing to do with that conversation. I truly cherish the times when we go and talk and visit. I absolutely love the time that we get to spend together and I am so grateful that you are my big brother.
15: I love you a lot.
18: I have a picture somewhere of David with his Grandpa Bob on a motor scooter at Daytona Beach, FL. Grandpa would put little David in front of him on the scooter and they'd race up and down the beach, chasing all the birds into flight. It was so cute. Maybe Dave remembers a little of it... -Aunt Rose I have the picture of Dave on the scooter with Grandpa that Rose is talking of. I will send it. -Pat
19: A Day My Family Talks About to this Day | When the cousins were still fairly young, the whole family got together and took Grandma Masselink out to eat for her birthday at the Red Lobster on Twenty-eighth Street. Because we were quite a crowd, our families had a separate backroom all to ourselves. After dinner, the adults were sitting around at the tables talking. The children were running amok as children often do after sitting in place for a while. During that time, Mike and David started goofing around. They started wrestling around and David jumped on Mike, who was down on the ground laughing. Now the amount of food Mike can put away is legendary to this day, and when David landed, he came into contact with a very full stomach. The next thing we knew, Mike was beginning to spew his dinner all over the backroom. Fred jumped up and ushered Mike out of the back to get him to the restroom. In order to do this, they had to pass through the entire dining area. Keep in mind that Mike was still losing his dinner all over. The | people enjoying their dinners were actually starting to gag and the waitresses were literally stepping over puke to serve their tables. Fred finally got Mike into the restroom, but the stalls were occupied. Mike then proceeded to fill the two sinks instead. At that point, he ran out of ammunition. Fred came back and told me to pay the bill while he took Mike outside. David looked up at him like he had done something wrong, which he had not, so Fred tried to reassure him that everything was fine. We did not step foot in a Red Lobster for years. It is that family memory at our house that makes us think of David. Congratulations, David! Aunt Pat, Uncle Fred and Laura, Mike and Bill P.S. Once we were back in the car and on our way home, Mike piped up, “I feel better now. Can we stop at Toys R Us?”
20: When I think of how I feel in remembering you over the 25 years since we first met, the word "proud" comes to mind. You have always been a source of pride to your family. Pat tried hard not to brag about all of your accomplishments over the years at school, in athletics and, later, in college and jobs, but how do you NOT show intense pride in a young man who is so bright and successful? We have always shared in your Mom and Dad's pride in you. Not only have you demonstrated success in the areas I already mentioned, but you also you possess strong character, another trait in you we are so proud of. I remember your mother telling me how you chose not to watch a movie the | other kids at a party were watching because you felt the PG-13 rating would not be acceptable. You must have been in sixth or seventh grade at the time—not an easy time to say "no" to your peers. Your willingness to risk condemnation from your peers made a huge impression on me. I was proud of you beyond words. As you complete your studies at this time and add one more accomplishment to your growing list, please know, Dave, how much Uncle Steve and I and your Redmond cousins love and admire you. Congratulations! May God bless you in all your future endeavors. Love, Aunt Rose
21: We just wanted to say congratulations on graduating with your Master's Degree - you've worked long and hard over many years and you should be very proud of yourself. We're very proud of all that you've accomplished and look forward to seeing where this journey called Life takes you. Remember Life's journey is not to arrive safely at the grave in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn-out shouting, "Holy shit, what a ride. We hope you have a hell of a ride!!! With all of our best wishes and lots of love, Uncle George, Aunt Carol, Gary, and Amy
22: Congratulations on earning your Master’s degree. What an accomplishment! All your hard work and commitment over the years has really paid off. We are so proud of you and wish you success and happiness in your career. God Bless, Uncle Todd and Aunt Kathy Great job completing your Master’s degree! This doesn't mean you're smarter than me though. Dan Great job on earning your Master’s degree in engineering! That's a crazy amazing accomplishment. When you create the next greatest computer, I'm gonna want your autograph. :) Heather Love, Uncle Tom | How are you doing? I am very excited to hear that you are graduating grad school. I always knew you were the smart one of the group. Hope you fulfill your dreams in computer engineering. Love, Kevin Davy, How does it feel to be all graduated now? Seriously, though, I'm going to need a play-by-play. I'm curious and five years is too long to wait to figure it out. :) Congrats with everything! Sarah Hello Dave, Good luck and congratulations! Love, Uncle Tom) | c o n g r a t u l a t i o n s !!!
23: Congratulations, David, on your graduation! This is a huge achievement and everybody is so proud of you! Now your journey will begin for the next phase of your life. I wish I could say Go Blue but all I can say is Go Green. I am sure you understand. :) Lots of Love, Uncle Terry, Aunt Lois, Ericka, Alicia, and Kevin
25: CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES WITH YOUR FUTURE. | WE ARE SO VERY PROUD OF YOU! GOD GAVE YOU A BIG BRAIN AND YOU PUT IT TO GOOD USE. ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND EFFORTS HAVE PAID OFF. LOOK AT WHAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED AND HOW YOU HAVE GROWN IN SO MANY WAYS. YOU HAVE ALWAYS SEEMED TO KNOW WHAT YOU WANTED, AND WENT AFTER IT | UNTIL YOU GOT IT. AS YOU ENTER THE "REAL" WORLD, WITH ITS UPS AND DOWNS AND WORLDLY CHALLENGES, YOU WILL BE FACED WITH MAKING MANY MORE DECISIONS. THERE WILL BE MANY "ROADS" TO CHOOSE FROM ALONG THE WAY. A TURN IN THE ROAD IS NOT THE END OF THE ROAD UNLESS YOU FAIL TO MAKE THE TURN. I WOULD HAVE TO SAY, SO FAR, YOU HAVE MADE ALL THE RIGHT TURNS. SO KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN DOING IT. LAUGH ALOT AND SAVE SOME QUIET TIME FOR YOURSELF EACH DAY. | AND ALWAYS REMEMBER, "THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE AREN'T THINGS!” CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES WITH YOUR FUTURE. | P.S. YOUR ADVICE TO BUY THE TOSHIBA LAPTOP 5 YEARS AGO, WAS GREAT ADVICE. IT IS STILL WORKING WELL AND I THINK OF YOU OFTEN WHEN I LEARN HOW TO DO SOMETHING NEW WITH IT. I WILL NEVER LEARN IT ALL, BUT WILL KEEP TRYING. MY BRAIN DOESN'T HAVE AS MANY MEGABYTES AS YOURS! I MAY HAVE BEEN ONE OF YOUR FIRST COMPUTER CONSULTATIONS. LOVE, AUNT LINDA & UNCLE JIM
26: I am extremely proud of you and all of the wonderful things you have accomplished. I feel incredibly privileged to have you as a cousin and I definitely brag about you constantly. I have learned so many things from you over the years, but here are just a few of my favorites: ~ How to be a superhero (clearly the PJs went to both of our heads and we are actively trying to save the world) ~ Where all of the secret extra lives are hidden in Mario Brothers 1 (this is an invaluable life skill) ~ Countless dance moves (see the picture of us from Aunt Kathy's wedding) ~ Strategies for conquering the logical land of the Zoombinis (This may be the root of my math geek status) ~ Tricks for swiping black olives and pickles off the relish tray without the Aunts finding out. I have known you your entire life and, with every year that passes, I only gain more respect and admiration for the person you have become. I have always looked up to you for your dedication, intelligence, perseverance, modesty, and kindness. I can't wait to see what the future holds for you and what you will teach me next. Love, Tara | Thank you for being an inspiration in my life.
29: Congratulations, David! | I'm sure it feels great to be done with all that hard work---now onto more hard work! We are all very proud of you and I can't wait to see what great things you'll be up to next. I wish you the best in life and your career. Love, Anne
30: Seldom in life do you meet people who you can truly call a friend. But every once in a while you meet someone that you share more commonalities than differences. You are that type of person to me. We are very similar people, even though our paths have taken us on our separate ways and our politics are complete opposites. We first met as wide-eyed and naive high school freshmen. We were like brothers; and then we became cousins. Over the years we formed a close | friendship that has outlasted our high school experiences. During that time, you have managed to make me look bad by being more dedicated and hard-working than a person ought to be. I have no doubt in my mind that wherever life takes you—and I highly suggest MIT for your doctorate, so at least someone will have gone to a prestigious university—you will be successful.
31: I wish you the greatest success in the future on two conditions: you give me a job after I get out of the Navy and you and Shanam visit me in Florida. Otherwise, you suck. Congratulations on your graduation from that dastardly school in Ann Arbor. -ENS Helsel
32: Do you remember how old we were when we first met? We were such babies! I don't think you had turned seventeen yet. Did you ever think then that you would be in all the places you have been, see all the things you have seen, acomplish all the things you have accomplished? I know I was incapable of imagining past the next two months of my life when I was seventeen years old. When I look back on the past nine years, I tend to remember the people I've met along the way more than any other part of the journey. I feel as though I have met thousands of people since I met you, and very few have made such an impression on me. Dave, I see you once a year, at best, but everytime I see you I am just as impressed by your wit and your kindness as I was the first time we met. Oh and your "geekiness", as you put it! Do you remember the three year strech, during which we completely lost touch with each other? I remember the day that we finally spoke again. While I can't remember who called whom, I can remember where I was, the smile on my face as I heard your voice, and the overall warmth that filled my life at that moment. The way I describe the experience might sound trite, but it's the truth. It's not an experience that I commonly have. The point is that you are a wonderful, amazing, spectacular human being, and I feel very fortunate to have you as a friend. As your friend, I offer you congratulations on completing your Masters program. Now you're a super geek! As you read this, I am sharing in the excitement and happiness of your being able to answer even more of my geeky questions. Seriously, though, I am very happy for you, because I know you will go forth and do something amazing with your new and improved brain. Congrats, again! Love always, Melissa
33: Mountain View
34: Progress | Take care, and keep being the Dmass we all love. | Dave! Where can I start, you know there's always a lot to say :) The beginning? When you saw me in the Dow Chem building and asked if I still didn't have a roommate and I made some inane comment? I didn't know you at all but Brandon did and when I asked him about you all he said was "Dave's....just a really nice guy!" Meaning that you were a genuinely sincere and good guy...which I was to quickly find out myself. And you know what? That pretty much sums up a lot about you. Did I know that I was about to be exposed to DMB, Splinter Cell, and the Dmass? No, but it was one of the best things to ever happen to me. I know that much for certain. I genuinely feel blessed with your friendship and you ought to know that. You have always gone out of your way for me and been a great friend. I remember little things like coming back to our dorm room and seeing you'd made my bed. Or when you found me asleep over homework and helped me into your bed so I didn't have to climb to the upper bunk and took the upper bunk yourself that night. Having me over for Thanksgiving. Little Dave like things such as those. But there were lots of other big things that you helped me out with too. Honestly Dave there's so much about you that I do admire. You have this drive within that I can't explain and it pushes you to keep trying new things to challenge yourself in ways that I never could. You go out and do all the things I wish I was smart and brave enough to. I could never set up my own business, much less be successful at it. I'd find it tough even to go back to school for a masters! And here you are graduating and already you've accomplished so much. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to put down on paper some of the memories from our freshmen and sophomore years that really stuck with me. Remember when we returned to campus to start sophomore year and I made some dumb comment to the effect that you'd put on weight over the summer. You just looked at me, smiled and said,"Samih, if you were a girl you'd have no friends." I remember weekend mornings as we both lay awake in our beds not wanting to wake up and chatting with each other. I remember when you'd hit snooze many, many, many times before getting up. Once I convinced you to attend Church service in Spanish just so that you didn't snooze again :)
35: Thank you, Dave. | There were many other funny times too. Once I forgot to turn off my alarm clock on a school day morning and was in the bathroom when it went off. I came back to the room to turn it off and I saw you half asleep standing by my desk hitting the the alarm clock with one hand while with your other hand you had picked up the phone and were saying,"No, no, no...he's not here! Samih's gone....he's not here!" Then you saw me and said,"Oh, he's here now." You gave me the phone, climbed into bed and never remembered anything about the whole episode later on. I tried my best to keep you entertained, mind you. Even when I was asleep I kept talking so that you'd get a few laughs. Although from what I recall you said I cussed like a sailor so you probably blushed more than laughed. You kept a good record of all the things I said in my sleep like,"Pi is equal to 3, pi is equal to 3, pi is equal to 3...." or "the stairs so around and around, upstairs, they go around and around." Well here's to all the good times we shared, all those weekend brunches at Bursley, to delegating work as Baits Council President, to watching the Ninja Turtles movies together, supporting Michigan hockey at Yost, throwing things at Joe and Brandon's window, watching DMB videos, listening to our suitemates through the walls, playing with Lego in college, to keeping the dorm room clean and tidy, to bearing with me singing in the shower, and arguing like a married couple (or so they said!). Thanks for everything. Thanks for being such a wonderful friend. Thanks for helping me through tough times. Congratulations on graduating! This is only the beginning, the best is yet to come. Take care and keeping being the Dmass we all love. Your friend always, Samih PS And since I probably never really told you how great it felt, thanks for giving me the best birthday of my grown up life: September 2003 you chalked the North Campus (and Central) diag with my name. Best birthday present. Ever. I have not felt that special or happy on my birthday ever since. I honestly don't know if you can understand how much it meant to me.
38: Neatest apartment ever, I'd eat off the carpet with no worries (My impression of Dave's living style). " "Illusion," Michael. A trick is something a whore does for money. " (Arrested Development quote) | Dave and Derek at Beer Fest 2007, Ypsilanti MI | Goodbye Party at Toyota Technical Center Aug 2008
39: Jesus Camp (The scariest documentary watched by Dave, Jeff, Mike S., and Derek, during a Sunday night movie gathering) " I'll take Jap Anus Relations for 200..." (Sean Connery on SNL Jeopardy sketch. Really read as 'Japan US Relations'. Good Toyota reference.) | There are so many things that are great about Dave. But I would like to highlight the one characteristic about Dave that goes unequaled by anyone else I have ever met...... Dave is the best listener; cool body position (i.e., sitting on the floor, legs crossed, and his head supported by both fists.), cherub-like face, and squint in his eyes to show real concentration. He never says a word before the speaker has finished their entire thought. Dave contemplates both sides of a story before offering his own thoughts, and when he does, it is less about showing support from one side or the other, but about adding perspective from opposite viewpoints. He has this acute ability to fully shut-off all things around him, and commit himself 100% to the conversation. There is never a time limit imposed on a conversation with Dave; he is there until all the venting is done. Every time I talk with Dave, I walk away feeling better. Thanks Dave. | Dave playing pond hockey with Derek Jan 2008, Ann Arbor MI | Dave with Golden Bear at U.C. Berkeley campus Jan. 2009, Berkeley CA
40: Ho Andrea (Lorenzo typo) Hello Useless (Lorenzo typo) | Why does everyone come out to me? (something Dave said) | No, Grahm (Dave to his favorite Mercedes employee) | Guess what happened in the workspace? (solar nerds say that) | strong cipher (One of Dave's interests) He calls himself RBT (Eccentric solar car person) | Nobody understands it when you say "deviceable" (Jeff/Dave to Lorenzo) |
41: Charitable (Dave's conversation style) DOHC Tax (aka the Monte Carlo)i | The Leading Cause of Smug (The Prius, a south park joke) | Runway two four (Dave's flying location, A2 muni airport) | Who Killed the Electric Car? (Subject of one of the first Movie Nights) | Are you sure? (Dave to JL, a south park joke) | AWIM 5th graders (Dave volunteered with JL, ~4/08) | I'm not just sure, I'm HIV positive. (JL responding to joke, at work) | Obama Rally (DM, JL, Lorenzo attended 6/16/08) | "Is that your Lumina?" "It's a Monte Carlo" (convo with Dave) | Do not click on the link!!! (Dave's advice about Jeff, re: freeipods.zoy.org) | Bayrea (Dave's name for Bay Area; sounds like the runs) | If someone had an iPhone, we could find out (Lorenzo to Dave)
42: The list of things I used to be is longer than the list of things I am.
44: Congratulations on your even higher education D Ave (US - 131 North). | Cheers mate. -Dave | From their adventures down under to their adventures across the North American continent* to the extravaganza that is Aruba, the Daves of Solar Car have certainly managed to make a good name for themselves. In 2004, when Dave Masselink was just a young fellow attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor he met a classmate and would be team mate, Dave Mazur. These two young chaps had more in common than their first names and the first 2 letters of their last names. They both were students in the EECS department and they both had an affinity and extreme interest in circuits and computers. It was ultimately this common interest that propelled their friendship forward. Their first trip away together was part of what is commonly know as "route survey" as part of the Michigan Solar Car Team. It was on this trip that Dave taught Dave about the now defunct allofmp3.com. Dave later became a big fan of this website himself but lost a lot of money when the website was was shutdown while he still had credit on his account. That may seem rather | trivial and unimportant..and that's because it is. The important thing was that the two now had something to talk about other than circuits and computers. You see, they were both engineers and both very nerdy. You might say they were enginerds. But that would soon change. The rest is, as they say, history. The Dave's managed to grow up over the ensuing years and began to go their separate ways. Masselink was destined for even higher education while Mazur couldn't wait to get out there and explore the world. But they still always managed to reunite somehow on numerous occasions including a disappointing Rose Bowl trip, where they both
45: learned that they didn't care too much for Brooklyn and an Arubian adventure where they almost lost MO. Let us hope that they never fail to keep in touch because it would be really sad if they didn't and, as you know, the world is much better off with both of them as allies and not enemies. There once was a man with Class/He's definitely not a dumb ass/He always worked hard on the Solar Car/By the way his name is dmass... *especially the first one over New Year's where we rang in the new year standing outside Mirai's hotel room listening to him scream through the door "...but I am compretery naked".
46: cv | Dave-Ho, congratulations on finishing your program! I can still remember the first time we met - at Couzens Hall, of course - and I knew that we would be friends instantly! My years at Couzens would not have been the same without my partner-resident-adviser-in-crime - from floating on boats in the North campus fountain to scheming of ways out of our many obligations! We have had some great times together and even though it has been a while, there is a comfort in knowing that every time we see each other, we can pick up where we left off - I really value that in our friendship. I wish you the best of luck! Talk to you soon, Nisreen
47: Although we didn’t get to spend a lot of time together, you were one of the first friends I made when I moved to Ann Arbor. It was nice having you around the lab for the first couple of semesters and having someone to talk to about courses, advisors, this whole Ph.D. thing, and just everything else. I enjoyed all our conversations, even those that were about the leon3! You are a good friend, and I wish you all the best in whatever you end up doing. I hope you’ll stay in touch and keep me updated with your news. ~Rawan
48: Dave is an amazing guy and a great friend. I'm glad to have known him.'
49: Good luck in everything that you do...although I'm sure you won't need it. | Dave, I'll never forget meeting you that summer. You will always have a special place in my heart.
50: PS I want to thank you for introducing me to many wonders of the world, including but not limited to Battlestar Galactica, Austin TX, and Firefly. | You know what they say that DMASS stands for...David Masselink always stays sweet. Congratulations on graduating, and may all your dreams come true :) .
51: DMASS! Best of luck in all your adventures. To help you get started, I've made a poster for Elevated Systems that I think you can use for advertising. You can also make business cards out of smaller sections for when you meet with important clients. May none of your towers fall down! Thanks for your friendship over the past several years, I've always enjoyed our conversations, and I wish you the best.
52: The most remarkable trait about Dave is the sincerity. You don't see that in a lot of people, but he really cares about people and is completely sincere in his empathy for their problems. It's a great trait to have in a friend. I only really got to hang out with him for that one summer in Austin while doing that internship at Freescale, but we tried to pack it as full as fun as possible. Even when the other interns wanted to be lame and do nothing, you could always count on Dave to be up for anything, from trips to San Antonio to random concerts and movies. I also remember his car, which acted as the unofficial shuttle up to Parmer each work day. He'd go so far out of his way to pick up other interns, that's just the kind of guy he is. He's one of the very few nerds who is interestingly nerdy, who could keep up with me when talking about computers and geek culture, but who also had other interests to round him out. We'd always talk about the latest tech news on Slashdot during lunch, but also bands to check out and still go out on 6th St after a long work week. That also reminds me of his Spiderhouse scam, where he took a $5 off coupon Spiderhouse sent to all the other apartment's mailboxes (since the other students were all gone for the summer) and used them at Spiderhouse coffee bar for the rest of his time in Austin. Genius! That's all I can think of at the moment, but we had a lot of fun that summer, and I keep trying to convince him to come back to Austin. Maybe one day he'll actually do it! -Anthony
53: When I told you one time that Ph.D. was a waste of time, I didn't think you'd take my words so literally.. Some people say things just to make you feel better, don't fall for it again. By the way, did you know you can call your Master's "PhD, ABD." Some employers fall for that, works great. (No it doesn't, if you still haven't learned the lesson.) Here's a serious piece of wisdom, for a change: "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." (In quotes because it's from the Internet. I couldn't cook up my own, sorry... Search online for "graduation quotes" for more.) | Here's a picture. It has nothing to do with the above, but your book emailed me (with a dozen follow-ups) and requested pictures and specific memories. So here it is. For me it is a snapshot of my and Dmitri's 60th birthday, but you probably remember it as "the hungriest day of my life; the day Anya and Dmitri finally learned I am a vegetarian." <
54: DMass ~ my main man, my main squeeze! I wouldn’t even know where to begin in explaining how truly special you are to me! You have been such a blessing in my life and I am very fortunate to have you as my dear friend. | I’ve met you, our friendship means the world to me and I only look forward to the future knowing that our friendship will continue to strengthen. Perhaps I am not the best person at words or maybe I should try this in Spanish (but then again, you still wouldn’t understand, jeje), but I hope you never forget that a piece of my heart will always belong to you. That my love for you will always be strong and that our friendship is like no one else’s. From our summer of 2006 as interns at Freescale, to visiting your dorm in Michigan :), to your many visits in Austin, to your Christmas visits in Fort Worth, our friendship has only continued to strengthen. :) I appreciate you always been there for me when I needed friend and for never judging me. I know we come from two completely different backgrounds, you starting in Grand Rapids, Michigan and me coming from the small town almost unrecognizable of Fort Worth, Texas but those differences never kept us from forming a strong friendship. You will never grasp how much you are missed and how much you mean to me. Not a day goes by when I don’t think of you or miss having you by my side. I have always thought and will continue to think that my life would be a | Eres y siempre seras un gran amigo. Tengo tanto amor por ti y eso nunca cambiara!
55: lot simpler with you by my side but I know that that’s simply me being selfish and not wanting to share you with the rest of the world. Nevertheless, I know we perhaps will not live in the same city again (although I do still keep my fingers crossed), but I know that living in different cities will not allow us to drift apart. I know that when the most important days of our lives closely approach, we will continue to be there for one another. I look forward to the days where we can visit once more and where we can continue to be in each others lives. I am very honored to have you as a dear friend and I am very happy to see you have accomplished such a great moment in your life such as this one: your graduate degree from Michigan. I hope you acknowledge that not a lot of people in this world have obtained such a prestigious degree such as yours. Congratulations, my friend, and know that on your graduation day, I would love nothing more than to be with you! Once more, thank you for sharing your life with me but most importantly, thank you for your lovely, amazing, wonderful, awesome friendship! You mean the world to me. Tu querida amiga, Lorena Leon | PS I noticed I don’t have very many pictures of us (which saddens me), which means that I mostly have great memories of us (which in return that makes me happy). Either way, here are a couple that I do have. One at Hula Hut where I sat directly in front of you, which is the day that our friendship began. :) Another one of our 22nd birthday together when we discovered that we were destined to meet and to be good friends considering how I am only a day older than you. :) Another one of my trip to MI when you did Mary Kelly and I the honor of giving us a tour of the great Detroit. LOL
56: I have known Dave since I came to the U-M in 2004. He is one of the few people that I have stayed in regular contact with since. He is one of the nicest people I know, and I am not just saying that. It it almost ridiculous how good spirited and positive Dave is. I have always admired him because of that. Dave also has some good interests and hobbies, and as a result I always enjoy spending time with him. We have had some good times over the years, but then any time spent with Dave is a good time. Perhaps one of the most interesting experiences Dave and I shared was mock race 2005. The two of us, along with Robert Carl Vogt IV, Mirai Aki, and David Mazur were trapped in a Dodge minivan together for two weeks driving across the US and Canada in the middle of winter. There were many good times, but perhaps the most memorable times for me were when Dave and Robert disagreed, when Mirai celebrated New Years, and when we all went to the techno dance club. There were plenty of times when Robert and Dave disagreed, but this trip was special because Robert threatened to kick Dave off of the solar car team. It is funny because Robert thought he had the power to do that. This was one of the rare times that I have ever seen Dave truly upset or disgruntled about anything or anyone.
57: Mirai's personal New Years celebration was just hilarious, and I am glad I was able to share the experience with Dave in the hallway outside of Mirai's hotel room. The specific story isn't appropriate to be written down, but it should be told from time to time so that it isn't lost. The techno dance club was amazing because it clearly demonstrated the effect Dave has on the ladies. Women were reaching out to touch Dave as he walked by, and I am not making it up. Another gem from my friendship with Dave has been the Friday night Taco nights. As I recall, they started around the time that we were both working at Toyota. We all would get together and make tacos. Dave would always have his soy based meat substitution, and everybody else would eat large quantities of beef. Had I known then that I am allergic to beef, I probably would have joined Dave in enjoying the soy. It was a good activity that we all looked forward to during the week. Unfortunately, the tradition died away eventually as people left Toyota to do other things. It is too bad there isn't a weekly event anymore, but it is still fun to occasionally get together with Dave and make spaghetti or something. I hope to remain in contact with Dave for the rest of our lives. It might be trickier now that we are both graduated from school and moving out of Ann Arbor, but at the very least we will always have the Internet. Perhaps one day we can once again work on a project together. I wish Dave all the best as he goes on to conquer whatever he chooses to in life.
58: "I'm sorry if it's weird to say how I imagine 'our relationship' to be even though we don't have a chance to really start it, but from what I've seen so far...
59: ...I'm sure it would be a fun, caring, quirky, geeky, sexy and loving relationship." (6-12-2008)
60: your gorgeous smile that brightens my day, the silliness that is so you, your strength, your patience, the arch of your eyebrows, the feel of your soft curls in between my fingers, your rare gift of relating to little ones, the smell of the back of your neck, the softness of your lips,
61: your tickling eyelashes, the colors ever-changing in your eyes, your quick and curious mind, the gentleness of your hands, your humility, the way your mouth tilts ever so slightly, your passion & sense of adventure for the amazing & the mundane, your kind loving heart
62: You are my best friend, lover, roomie, business partner, teacher, student, driver, accountant, board member, Keeper of Keys Phone and Bear bag, sanity check, craigslist adventurer, family, devil’s advocate, advocate, cheerleader, consultant, cook, masseuse...
63: you are my everything.
64: Loving you has led to the
65: warmest, grandest memories of my life.