Tres Dedos

Name: Sandra Mergeanian

Location: New York, New York

Relationship to Jessica: Friend

I met Jess the first day we arrived in Sevilla, Spain for our study abroad experience in January 2004. We clicked instantaneously and have been very close friends ever since.

Jessica & Sandra, New Year's Eve 2007


Tres Dedos...Jessica, Sandra, & Monica


Dear Fashano,

Just as I sang you “The Sandwich Song” on the banks of the Guadalquivir River in Sevilla, Spain, on your 21st birthday (only a month after meeting you), I sing (more like belt) an excerpt of this most goofy song to you again, to bring a huge smile to your face, that is, on your 28th birthday:

“Sandwiches are beautiful, Sandwiches are fine. I like sandwiches, I eat them all the time;
I eat them for my supper and I eat them for my lunch; If I had a hundred sandwiches, I’d eat them all at once…”

Although the most defining experience we shared was study abroad (those six months in España were probably some of the happiest in our lives), I chose a picture from NYE 2007 to share with everyone because it points out that our friendship transcended Spain. I actually knew from Day 1 that I met a “life friend.”

The two of us went to Tavern on the Green. Logistically, the night was a complete bust. We waited in line for over an hour in the cold to get in; the countdown didn’t even take place at midnight; and the place was extremely overcrowded. We didn’t let any of this get in our way of having the time of our lives. We met people from all over the world, ate and drank plenty, and danced the night away into the wee hours.

Jess, you were such a quality human being, a true confidante and ever loyal, considerate and generous friend. I am struggling with this most tremendous loss. Know that I love you and miss you so much.

Tres Dedos.


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  1. Anselmo Villalón says

    Jess, all of your friends will miss that special smile and human being. However, you’ll stay with us forever in our hearts and minds. I didn’t have to be that close to you to realize how you radiated joy, happiness and peace. Your laughter and smile would light up the whole world. Everybody knows what I’m talking about. Words will never be enough. All you deserve, is LOVE.

  2. Kourtney Hydock says

    I just love your post & your pictures along with it. I know how much Jessica loved having you as a friend and she thought the world of you as well.
    Hope you are hanging in there.

  3. Ashley Pitman says

    Sandra, I remember seeing you guys at Tavern on the Green that New Year’s Eve 2006-2007… it WAS such a logistical nightmare of a party hahaha….French Tuesdays… If I’d only known that night where life was taking me and how close I was going to become to Jess. I moved in with her less than a year later.

  4. Sandra — such a sweet and funny post. When I think of the times we all hung out together food & laughs certainly come to mind ; and the sandwich song fully embraces that spirit ! I will miss dancing with the two of you (a la our Tenjune nights!) but I know that we will keep dancing for her !