As I said, it seems very peculiar to me that people I actually know and have spent time with are in such positions. On the one hand it is very humbling, in that they would actually be friends of mine. On the other, it's just hard to wrap my mind around... "How could little ol' me know people like this???"
At any rate, and for what it's worth, I think both gentlemen are fine selections and I am proud to know them. I wish them nothing but the best and pray that God will bless them in their endeavors.