The Post about Friendship, Miami, and Making a Difference

Before I begin, I’d like to take the time to congratulate the Miami Heat on their championship win last week! Living in Los Angeles, where Laker Fever is real (I don’t have it like that, though)…I know how good a championship can make an entire city feel.

Some of you may or may not know that my second home is Miami, FL. My mom’s side of the family moved there when they came from Honduras umpteen years ago. I spent many a summer there visiting my grandmother, uncles, and cousins, and we even lived there for two years while I was in high school. ¬†Those were two of the most special years of my life! I made some lasting friendships during that time, one of which I’d like to highlight today.

I met my friend Ashley in the 10th grade at Miami Springs Senior High School in algebra class and we hit it off right away. When I moved back to California right before our senior year, he did his very best to keep in touch with me. He would call and write letters (remember letters? Real, handwritten letters?) which meant so much to me. And so with, the beginning of a bond we’ve shared for what’s creeping close to twenty years began!

Through college, graduate school, home ownership, marriage (he came to my wedding…his was in Africa, so…umm…lol) and so much more, Ash and I have always been tight. He’s a good friend, a good husband, a good son, a pure, straight-up-and-down good man. And his sense of humor is unparalleled!

He’s also a teacher at a charter school in New York and watching him in this video below will help you understand what I mean about him being a good guy. The¬†work that he’s doing in New York, by way of Miami, by way of Haiti (sak pase!) to change lives and make a difference that is more valuable than a championship ring.

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Please consider supporting the cause, if you can!

Ashley, you’re making Mr. Pinkston proud! Did you do your homework? No. Shut up! I love you, brother!

Ashley and I during his 2010 visit to California.


  • awesome! And that’s a great picture. Good friends are hard to come by so if you have some, keep them close!

    June 26, 2012
  • I’ve heard of Change4Change. My mom went to a church conference and they were talking about it there. So, kudos to Ashley because he’s definitely getting the word out.

    So, glad that you two have stayed connected. True friends are hard to come by!

    June 26, 2012
  • Love this. What a great cause. People will have you believe the worst about our kids… really, in many cases they just need the opportunity to step up and step outside of themselves. Ashley proved it.

    Great and worthy cause!

    June 26, 2012

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