As Mike's older brother, let me tell you a little bit about the friendship between Ryan Dawson and MIchael Simanoff. You could not find two people more seemingly mismatched as friends -- it was like The Odd Couple: The Next Generation. Ryan was a perfectly-ironed polo shirt, while Mike was any t-shirt he found lying around his room. But appearances were deceiving: Mike and Ryan were such good friends they could practically finish each other's sentences. They were inseparable. They were always doing something, creating something -- or up to something that their parents would be aghast to learn about.Their friendship was not supposed to end this way.
I was one of Mike's NYC friends. I remember Mike invited me once to one of Ryan's parties held at an Upper East Side bar - I think it was called the Raccoon Lodge? It was karaoke night! It was alot of fun. Mike was very fun to drink with - once at the Bohemian Beer Garden in Astoria, Queens, a group of us put our cell phones on the table and declared that the person whose phone rang first would get a free beer. Mike's phone rang first of course - we tried to disqualify it because the phone was on vibrate and his ringer was off, but of course Mike wasn't buying that excuse (Trixie might remember that). Wow I miss Mike.
Ha - I do remember that! I also remember once when Mike left his cell phone unattended and answered it, saying 'Mike's Answering Service.' I don't remember who was on the other end - but hello. I think we were at Le vol de nuit, another of Mike's favorite bars, but I can't remember. - Kristine
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