June 17, 2024


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SAN FRANCISCO:  Following almost twenty years of idle threats, I finally made good on a promise to visit an old college chum and her husband over an epoch-defining birthday weekend.  As a bonus, another dear friend recently moved up to the Bay area from Southern California and we got to reconnect as well.  As a double-bonus, a third good friend happened to randomly be in town that same weekend.  The fortuitous end to an already momentous weekend was a dishy dinner overlooking a Pacific sunset with yet another friend,  the restaurant critic for San Francisco magazine.

NOLA ball

NEW ORLEANS:  If you haven’t been to Nola for Mardi Gras, what are you waiting for?  Under the guise of work, my best friend and I hit the Big Easy for four days of debauchery, capped by the Krewe of Orpheus Ball.  This was my second trip post-Katrina, and although is was difficult to see how much of the city has been left to wither, it was equally inspiring to bear witness to a persistent spirit that continues to loudly sing “We Shall not Be Moved.”

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