Yesterday evening, I had the great pleasure of a visit from my old friend Bettina from Germany. Together Mercedes and I met Bettina and her husband Bernhard for dinner at the Colonial Inn here in Concord. I first met Bettina in 1994 while staying at the Vashon Island Youth Hostel near Seattle. I found it striking that I had forgotten the exact circumstance that we met at the hostel. The hostel offered free materials for making your own pancake breakfast, and for Bettina it was her first time so I helped out a bit. Later we continued talking while taking the ferry to Seattle, and in my own memory this is where we met.

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