Hi all. This is just another installment of excerpts, little photos and stories that weren’t long enough to deserve their own separate posts.
One side note before the post: I am in New York until October 15th! Let’s hang out.
Akiva’s Going Away Bar Crawl
Earlier in the year, Akiva quit his job at that search company and joined that ephemeral chat company. He brought all of us together for a bar crawl to celebrate one last time before he left. It was a blast and gave me a chance to reconnect with classmates and meet some new friends.
Julia’s and My Birthday
Julia, Chris and I have birthdays within days of each other. We first celebrated Julia’s and mine with dinner.
There was delicious food.
And happy people.
I haven’t thanked you all enough. I’ve known some of you since freshman year and some of you since I moved here, but you all feel like lifelong friends. I feel safe being myself around you and that’s not something I can say about many people.
After dinner, we headed to Rebecca and Xiao’s place to roast marshmallows around a fire. Campfires are the best part of camping. Why should they be limited to the great outdoors?
Roaming SF With Jackie
I had been thinking about buying a suit for a while. The only one I had with me in California was a cheap off the shelf suit that isn’t that comfortable and doesn’t fit that well. Once I got the invite to Brian and Eda’s wedding, I stopped thinking and got a reservation for Indochino’s traveling tailor in San Francisco. I roped in Eric and Dustin, both of whom were looking for suits of their own. With 4 tickets in hand for the Nils Frahm concert later that evening, we invited Jackie to round out the team for our adventure.
We started with brunch and mimosas at Hops and Hominy.
We saw this monstrosity while walking near union square. If you ever wonder how to make the Aston Martin Rapide worse, then look no further. Simply chrome wrap it and you have the worst car in the world.
However ugly and overpriced it may be, this car gets a lot of attention. Three separate Facebook friends have posted a picture of it since I first saw it.
Next, we headed to Maven for drinks and food. We sat at the bar and watched our food being cooked while having stimulating conversation. I always love sitting at bars when I get the chance. Watching chefs covert raw materials and ingredients into delicious masterpieces is just as magical and enthralling as watching an artist transform a canvas.
I had a similarly great experience at Aldea in New York. I highly recommend it as a date spot (get the duck rice if you go).
The cocktails were very balanced and the food was mouth-wateringly good.
We finished the night with a Nils Frahm concert. We first heard him when he opened the Olafur Arnalds concert last fall and jumped on the chance to see him again. This space was much smaller and more intimate, giving us a better chance to appreciate the work he puts into his concerts.