This image is an homage to a Calvin and Hobbes strip by one of my art heroes, Bill Watterson. I sent this to one of my best friends from high school, Pete, and his family. We grew up in neighboring towns, but shared a lot of common interests and hobbies and also a lot of academics due to us both being in the Honors Society. We both loved to read, we both liked nerdy things, ran cross country and track, and both became Eagle Scouts. In college, we both took up karate at different schools, but under the same organization. We used to carpool in to Boston together during summer break to train with Sensei Tabata. Pete used to work for the highway department then, shoveling, hammering, and just generally manual laboring. He’s no stranger to house renovations, either. I haven’t seen him in years, and I miss him, but I’m glad we’ve been able to stay in touch all these years.