Published On: Wed, Oct 25th, 2006

There’s Only One Two Three

Me, Mike and Mickey in DCYears ago when my dad was stationed in Bremerhaven, Germany, I was a bit salty about having to move away from my people back home in Fayetteville, NC. I was just about to enter the 9th grade, high school, freshman year, and I was shipped out to a foreign country surrounded by a bunch of strangers in which most of them didn’t even speak English as a first language.

The years turned out to be some of the best years in my life, but as I was getting used to the idea of being in Germany of all places, I kept up with my people back home. And considering this was the era before email, we did it the old fashion way. Mike “2-3” Jackson, who I’ve known since the 7th grade, and I wrote a few letters back and forth. Not many, but enough to know we were boys.

I can go on and on with stories from our wonder years. The BBQ we planned with our other homeboys Daz, Jeremiah Mack and John Payne. The many trips we took to the arcade before the days of Xbox and PlayStations. And a bunch of others that are probably too incriminating to post.

But, I simply fast forward to the present: a few years ago when I made the decision to roll out of DC and move to North Carolina to be closer to my business partner Ken Canion and a business partnership we were starting, I called Mike and without hesitation, he provided room and board. The money was slow and at times there was no money coming in while Ken and I were building the concept. Mike never asked for anything. He never said anything. As a matter of fact, I sometimes wonder if he even expected anything.

Did he need the help? Sure, who doesn’t. But without fail, understanding and being the friend that he is, he not once asked for anything in return for his unwavering support of what I was doing. I still marvel at his level of dedication to his homeboys and want to wish him a Happy Birthday today.

And literally, there’s only one 2-3, and that’s Mike Jackson.

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David Gaines

- David Gaines is a Washington, DC, resident transplanted from North Carolina whose dream career was a newspaper writer but settled for the recruiting industry and simply blogging about whatever thoughts crosses his mind.



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