Friends are central to the enjoyment of life. We are blessed to have a number of very good friends, some of whom are pictured here. These photos are a sampling of those taken during a variety of events and get-togethers.
We hosted our (now) annual Thanksgiving dinner for “The Usual Suspects”, a group of our close friends with whom we share many activities. With them we travel, play golf, generally socialize, and have great dinners hosted by each couple in turn. They are a fun bunch and fun to be with.
Below: the Thanksgiving table; and the group (Jackie, Dorothy, John, Jerry, Kate, and Pete):
Every year a group of us get together at Smith & Wollensky’s for a Pre_Christmas feast. We sit at the bar and chat and then retire to the dining room and order soup to nuts. We spend four or five hours talking, laughing, and just enjoying the company of one another. In the photo below, clockwise from the lower left, is John, Chuck, Pete, Dorothy, Karen, and Jackie. (For additional photos of the scene, click here.)
For the fourth year in a row, Karen and I spent a week in Stone Harbor with Pete and Dorothy, our close friends. For the second year in a row, Rich and Bashi joined us. We rent a fabulous house just off the beach (we can view the ocean from the porch), and we can walk into town as well. We ride bikes, walk the beach, play in waves, lay in the sun and read, and... we feast like we’re at a party thrown by Dionysis and Adephagia (you know, the Greek god & goddess of winemaking and gluttony). We have a great time together.
A New Year’s Eve dinner party at Becca’s Restaurant made New Year's Eve a special occasion for me. I really enjoyed our evening together - it was a great goodbye to 2009 and a wonderful welcome to 2010. What is better than to have good friends with time well spent? We all laughed boisterously with our opportunity to celebrate… friendship more than event, I think. I am full of optimism and hope for the coming year and decade, and I especially look forward to sharing our time together. The venue was a good choice, so thank you to Pete for setting that up.
A special congratulations to Jerry for achieving his goal of earning his MBA. It was a long and difficult journey made with many sacrifices, but one that I hope he looks back on with fondness.
Note: These New Year’s photos are a little dim and not shart, having been taken on a BlackBerry in a relatively dark room. Sorry for the lack of quality in the photos, but notice how much fun everyone is having.
We gathered at Pete & Dorothy's house for a festive evening featuring great friendship, sumptuous hors d'ouerves, a spectacular dinner, flowing champagne & other liquid delights, entertainment by their adorable Westy, Piper, and (again) the pleasure of each other's company. Here are some portraits:
We were fortunate to have the opportunity to have friends and family join us for Thanksgiving dinner. Below are some photos:
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