This is, without question, my favorite photograph of 2012. I don’t know if it was my finest of the year in terms of quality, but it brings a smile to my face every time I remember how much fun it was to create. Faustino is one of my closest friends, and we grew up together throughout high school and college. After graduation from Cal, we moved away from the Bay Area to different towns in pursuit of our own career paths. He went to law school before becoming a successful corporate attorney, and I went into photojournalism. We kept in touch periodically throughout the following ten years, but because I was living mostly in the Midwest, the geographic distance caused us to drift slowly apart. I remember being in places like Ohio or Missouri and dreaming of someday returning to my home state so I could enjoy being with family and childhood friends again. I thought about how pleasant it would be to do what other friends sometimes take for granted, like catching a ballgame together, grilling in the backyard or even watching a buddy get married. In the fall of 2010, I finally returned home. One of my biggest sources of joy, throughout the past two years, was reconnecting with friends like Faustino and picking up where we left off more than a decade ago.