March 29th

Two of my favorite peeps

My recent and quick trip to the Bay area was so worthwhile; not only did I get to dust off a jacket and the trusty suitcase, but the conference was fascinating. Say it with me — Praise GOD for the interesting conference! How many have you been to where you itch for your desk because the material is so dry? In contrast, these few days provided folk so knowledgeable and passionate about public health, I wanted to soak up as much as I could get.

The icing on the cake was the time I had to spend with friends between sessions.

Finny and her hubby “Bubba” are two of my favorite people. We have the sweet sort of friendship that we pick up just where we left off, checking up on families, jobs, hobbies and there not being an ounce of guilt that there were missed milestones between. Bubba, Fin and I worked together in college running the school newspaper. We spent more hours together than apart during those few years, and seeing each other in moments of sheer exhaustion and on brief waves of AP Style highs has left us forever bound (punctuated?). There are others in this group, scattered across the United States, running photo companies, working for small town papers and giant city rags. I am so very glad by happenstance I ended up in the newsroom one day, working for Bubba and splitting countless tamale combo platters with Finny.

Our dinner last week was too short. In a blink we were headed opposite directions once again but I felt more fulfilled. It’s a hard feeling to describe — that sense of contentment after spending time so appropriately, knowing you’re richer for having these wonderful people in your life and that your friendship is truly something as rare as a correctly spelled Lumberjack headline.

(Also, the way we are posed, it looks like their new foreign exchange student just arrived and they are posing with her for the family photo to be sent home. Si?)

Golden Gate Bridge

This was as close as I got to the queen of the city, the Golden Gate. Look closely, Waldo, and you’ll find her.

View from Burger Bar

And Union Square, oh, how I dream of you. Not for the shopping — although let’s be honest, being there while Macy’s was having their flower show was a true delight — but for the people, culture and oddity that is San Francisco. So many happy people were draped across the sunlight like house cats enjoying their lunch hours and purring at the enchanting spring weather. The cherry trees were in full bloom too, with bursts of white and the softest of pink.

The fashion in this city is lovely too. I forget how strange Arizona is when it comes to the fashion “norm” until I travel to a larger city. It was fun to see such individuality expressed.

Burger Bar

And one last gratuitous food photo — this bison blue cheese burger from Burger Bar was split with the very sweet Ms. Katy. Yet another charming blogger meet up among girls who’ve chatted online for years. (Katy reminds me a lot of Zarah, who I had the pleasure of meeting last year.) Kind, quiet, triathlete, incredibly creative, seamstress, an eye for color and fashion — I’d be begging her for sewing lessons if we lived in the same city. Again, their friendships are another affirmation there are folks that love X, Y, and Z just like me!

It was a wonderful, while all too brief, getaway and a great reminder of the value of friendship — new and old.


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9 Responses

  1. I know exactly what you mean. It’s difficult to describe the perfection of that feeling of time spent with friends who know you so well. It’s super relaxing and I always feel so refreshed. This might sound stupid but I feel like precious time spent with close friends is when all is right with the world! 🙂 Oh and next to that burger I think I spy sweet potato fries which are my current obsession!!!!!!!!!! YUM! 🙂

  2. Glad you had such a nice (although short) trip! — And, um are those sweet potato fries in that photo? Mmm…love those things! 🙂

  3. Being with old friends gives you the feeling of being “home” – I’m so happy for you!!

    Did you check this place out? It is on the same square as the burger place.

  4. You are looking a little Lola-ish with your AZ tan. Now you just need a black and white polka dot dress.

  5. Oh so jealous. I need to go back to SF very soon!!

  6. That is QUITE a burger! I’m so glad you were able to spend time with old and new friends in that gorgeous city.

  7. I’ve found myself in the same situation very often, wondering about true friendship, you know, when you don’t see your friends as much as you used to (lives taking charge) but each time you see them, you connect again exactly where you left…..

  8. Greg B. Crawford March 30, 2010

    I look back at college and The Lumberjack was one of the best professional (maybe I should put that in quotes) and social experiences. I learned more from that time than any other thing I did at NAU. And I still miss the friendships. I feel as you do that although we’re separated by miles and commitments to work, we could just meet for lunch and pick up right where we left off.

  9. ali la loca March 31, 2010

    Oh no, Kelli – somehow in the transition of my blog template I lost your site address…and haven’t managed to come visit until now! I will add you to my sidebar post-haste, as you definitely belong there, and I look forward to catching up with your adventures. Hope you are well.