to anyone with a similar problem:
I've google search this issue with no results.
Text messages from my droid to my friend's iphone are received.
Text messages from his phone to mine are not.
I've checked myverizon and nothing is blocked.
Some suggestions have been - take the battery in and out (reboot)
Delete his contact and reset.
My daughter who has the same phone is able to receive my friend's text message as other Droid users. It looks like it's a problem with my phone only.
**Update** My friend signed up for the "TextFree" App on his Iphone - and I can receive THOSE text messages from him. **Update**
Thanks ahead of time for your help.