"You have to be happy every second you breathe." That is a quote from one of Karrli's many journals. Karrli knew all along that she wasn't going to have as long of a stay as everyone else, but that never stopped her from happily living life to the fullest. In high school I would drive Karrli to school everyday and sometimes I would go over certain hills really fast or drive really crazy just to get a rise out of her. (Always with safety in mind mom and dad!) She would say things like "Hail! Don't!" and use her trademark eye roll at me. A few years later, Karrli got her own drivers license and her own car, which after much deliberation she proudly named "Othello;" not as an homage to Shakespeare as most would think, but simply because she liked the way the name rolled off her tongue. I would always be so excited to ride around with Karrli in her "hooked up" new ride. When we would come across the same hills where I used to floor it, I would expect Karrli to cautiously continue along the road as usual. Suddenly, the car picked up speed we flew over the hill as my stomach dropped. I looked over and there was Karrli, two hands expertly gripping the wheel with a satisfied smirk on her face. "I learned that from you, ya know!" She seemed to be half scolding me and half thanking me. No matter how nervous, afraid, or uncertain Karrli was at first, she always conquered her fears.
Not only did Karrli know how to show people a good time, she also knew exactly how to give them a good-natured hard time. She became somewhat famous at CHOP and beyond for her brilliant dry wit, her deliciously high levels of "sass," and her often not-so-subtle sarcasm. Many of those traits she was able to sharpen due to her love for the raunchy, sassy, and yet oddly poignant cartoon chronicling the adventures of the dynamic Griffins, "Family Guy." One of my favorite private moments with Karrli would not have taken place if it were not for our mutual love for the show.
I took Karrli on a date of sorts (even though she drove me in her pimped out ride): dinner and a movie all topped of with everyone's favorite, Rita's Water Ice. While the entire outing was an absolute blast and Karrli was one of the best dates I ever had, my favorite moment of the evening was waiting for the movie to start and playing Karrli's favorite game, which involves going back and forth to see who can come up with the best, funniest, or most obscure "Family Guy" quote. I think the real game was seeing who could get through saying their quote without laughing hysterically. She told me how happy she was to finally be able to play that game she loved so much with someone who could at least put up a good fight against her advanced skill level, and I was honored to be given that esteemed distinction.
Because of Karrli's tremendous love for all things "Family Guy," we will now hear Stewie, the Griffin family's British-speaking baby genius with a plot for world domination, sing his rendition of the Elton John song "Rocket Man." This was one of the few songs that Karrli would actually sing completely unabashed in front of anyone! Enjoy the music, enjoy the humor, and always enjoy life, because as Karrli would say, life is pretty freakin' sweet.