I had the opportunity to take advantage of a work trip and visit some of my favourite people in the world. Despite their skepticism, I did make the journey up the NJ Turnpike from the Philadelphia area to Cranford, NJ to see Les Trottas and break some bread while we were at it.

Zoe was a little shy to begin with, but I talked to her dinsoaur for a little while and all was good. I also met the now-crawling-and-getting-into-trouble-if-he-could Jake, who is very clearly Walt and Lee’s offspring. “Determined” is the best word I can use to describe him, and he is a hella cute little guy.

Some friends from the Globix days joined us for dinner, and it was great to see Ed and Julie again. Despite Julie not drinking, we managed to kill of five (!) bottles of wine, and good portion of Walt’s bottled barley beverage stock. I also got to spend a little time cooking in the kitchen with Lee, which is always a huge plus. All in all, a great evening, and I can’t believe I forgot to take pics (ok, I can believe it, but it still bugs me).

The next morning came way, way, way too quickly – and it wasn’t only because Jake got up before 6 for the first feed of the day – and it was back to Philadelphia to link up with some colleagues and prepare for a course we we’re putting on this week. I’ll be back in a couple weeks, and I’m already looking forward to it.

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