Kendra Jenkins, a fourth-year member of the Oregon Crusaders color guard, sent this picture.

This picture of my friend Shane and me was taken at the World Championship Finals last year in Madison. I met Shane, who plays trumpet for Revolution, at a Dairy Queen in Michigan City, Ind., after a show. I was behind him in line and we started talking ... and we still are! We have become really good friends since then, and I can't wait to see him again this year.

Today is really special for Shane because it's his 21st birthday. Happy birthday, Shane! Sorry, I couldn't be there to help you celebrate, but know that you are in my thoughts and I hope you have an amazing birthday!

Thanks, Kendra!