Some people need a red carpet rolled out in front of them in order to walk forward into friendship. They can't see the tiny outstretched hands all around them, everywhere, like leaves on trees.

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dob & age
Andrea Jordan Keller
19 April 1992 & 22 years old
Denver, Colorado
Manager at AP & Lingerie Designer
1 BR 1 BA in Lakeview, Chicago

There's always one. Whether he's tall, dark and handsome or a little on the dorky side with a subtle air of mystery, it's a rite of passage for a high school girl to get a cheeks-flushed, butterflies-in-stomach, life-ruining crush on a teacher. For 17 year old Lori Garnet, that teacher was none other than Mark Hanna, whose senior-level 7th period English class was the only reason she came to school at all. Completely entranced by him, Lori would slide low in her seat and keep a running tally of all the times he smiled at her in the upper right-hand corner of her notebook paper. She would never speak of this habit until 1991, when the two would meet again at a party thrown by mutual friends of their families. Lori had just returned from a failed stint at the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, where she'd exhibited erratic behavior, loss of focus and promiscuity that would later be attributed to undiagnosed bipolar disorder. The two were immediately entangled in a torrid affair, with one slight hiccup -- Mark was already married. A few weeks before she was to start nursing classes at a Denver community college, Lori discovered she was pregnant. When Mark refused to take responsibility, Lori ended their affair. She left college again a couple months after her daughter, Jesh Olivia, was born, unable to balance the course load with being a single mother.

Jesh and Lori lived with her bewildered grandparents, with Lori working full time at a nursing home while her mother cared for the baby, constantly questioning the baby's paternity. After a health scare, Lori's mother pressured her even harder to reveal the name of the baby's father, citing the need for medical history as reason enough for the big reveal. When Mark was named, gossip traveled between their outraged families, with Mark none the wiser. He'd already begun the required separation from his wife that would lead to divorce. Once it was finalized, he invited Lori to live with him so the two could raise Jesh together. After living as roommates for several months, each dating other people, Lori and Mark reconciled. When they were married a year later, Lori gave Jesh her father's last name. When Jesh started preschool, Lori began a program at the Denver School of Massage Therapy, where she sought certification as a Licensed Reiki Master while Mark began taking classes in Administration with hopes to become a high school principal to generate more income for the family. He finished when Jesh was in 2nd grade, eventually hired as Assistant Principal by Fairview High School in Boulder. Soon after, the entire family relocated to be closer to the school. Lori found a business partner who helped her open a holistic healing facility and day spa in Boulder, where she specializes in deep tissue, Swedish, and hot stone massages, aromatherapy, Reiki healing, life coaching, ear candling, and music and art therapy. Jesh worked there as a receptionist during her junior and senior years of high school.

Despite her father being the principal, Jesh was decently popular and active in all of the student publications, accepting positions as Copy Editor and eventually Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper, Editor of the Student Life section of the yearbook and Art Director for the literary magazine. It was assumed that she would pursue a career in journalism, so it was a surprise when she decided to pursue a double major in Advertising and Design at the University of Texas at Austin instead. During her time in college, she started an online music magazine, which featured news, album reviews, interviews and photographs from shows in the greater Austin area. Eventually, she recruited other students to help with content generation, branching into other genres of coverage, which lead to some interest by SXSW in recruiting her for an internship during the fall semester of 2013. She was hired part time after the semester came to a close, helping with booking and promotions while she interned for Factory Design Labs her senior year. Upon graduation, she decided to move back to Denver, accepting a full time position with Factory Labs as a copywriter.

She's been back in Denver since June, living alone in a modern bungalow with two bedrooms to rent out on AirBnB for extra income. She accepted a promotion to Client Strategist for FDL in December of 2014.
  • ENTP; The Visionary: They highly value knowledge, and spend much of their lives seeking a higher understanding. They live in the world of possibilities, and become excited about concepts, challenges and difficulties. When presented with a problem, they're good at improvising and quickly come up with a creative solution. Creative, clever, curious, and theoretical, ENTPs have a broad range of possibilities in their lives.

  • The most popular name for a baby girl in 1992 was Jessica. As a woman with a unique name of her own, Lori knew that she wanted to give her daughter something that would set her apart, but she really liked the name Jessica. She found a compromise with Jesh, which is a unisex name meaning "quiet strength." Unfortunately the name did not work as a self-fulfilling prophecy; Jesh was anything but a quiet baby.

  • Jesh inherited her mom's habit of embellishment, especially as it pertains to her sexual experience. She's a virgin, but has always lied about it because most people assume she's sexually active. A lot of her "experiences" are just secondhand stories from college friends.

  • Despite working full time at Factory Design Labs, she still maintains her online music magazine, Suburban Soundcheck, which follows the format of mp3 blogs like Stereogum, Obscure Sound and Said the Gramophone. She has a staff of four people who have various jobs across the site, paid by ad revenue, promotions and comped concert tickets. Most of the Denver-area music venue doormen recognize her on sight.

  • She has a bad habit of doodling random little things on the back of her hands whenever there are permanent markers laying around. She's often asked if the "tattoos" are real, though it's usually said with a disapproving crinkle of the nose -- without her computer, her artistic skills are virtually nonexistent.

  • She hates having to ask her parents for anything, especially money, because she knows how tight things can be for them sometimes. Her mother often dodges phone calls from collection agencies, and Jesh has overheard stories she's told to get out of having to pay people back on time. It makes her feel sorry for her father, who makes a conscious effort to live as honestly as possible.

  • Her last real relationship took place in high school, though she's been on a few dates here and there. She's perfectly confident keeping people at arm's length, but the second things start to get more serious, she finds a reason to end things. Most people stay firmly planted in the friend zone with no chance of progression. The advertising executives she works with just assume she's a lesbian.

  • Bukowski, her ball python, was rescued from a fraternity when she was at the University of Texas. The boy who owned him was so neglectful he had no idea the snake was even missing until three weeks after the fact and ended up just assuming he'd escaped his enclosure. Jesh sustained a bite in the process of rescuing him -- he was so hungry he was striking at her hand. It took almost a year to get him back on a regular feeding schedule, and another before he could shed properly.

  • She prefers to get most of her exercise from outdoor activities such as hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, and kayaking. It's not so much that she's outdoorsy, but moreso that she's completely incapable of following the picture narratives in magazines like Shape or videos on YouTube when she's trying to learn new moves. She's not exactly a klutz, though, just unable to mindlessly follow instructions without thinking them through.

  • Though she tends to have bad luck with material possessions, such as her car, which is a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder that has been in three auto collisions through no fault of her own, she is also somewhat renowned in her family for being exceedingly lucky with money. If there's a wad of cash on the ground, she's going to find it. If the next scratch off lottery ticket is a winner, she'll pick that one.

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