Tonight I met up with two wonderful friends at Kansai in the Temescal neighborhood for Sushi dinner. We had a delicious meal together and I got my fill of Udon for the century. Why are those bowls SO big?! The food was tasty, the Sapporo was cold and the conversation was fantastic. The very best part though, was that I got warm fuzzies about these two great ladies and our funny road to friendship. The funny story about how I met Claire and Molly is as follows - I was desperately trying to leave my housing situation in North Oakland last spring, and answered an ad on SF Chalkboard, a really cool list serve in the bay area oriented around community engagements. The guy who runs the listserve, Jeremy Dalmas, also hosts an AMAZING variety show here in Oakland called Oakland Nights Live. If you've never heard of it, check it out! I'll even escort you to this FREE monthly live show if you're interested. Anyway, there are posts about cooperative living arrangements, community events and organizations, and other intentional?.. intentionally? oriented things in the bay area. I got on the listserve to receive the notices about living situations and answered one that sounded appealing. The ad was for an open room in a semi cooperative house in South Berkeley on Harmon St. I gave them my regular shpiel, and somehow got an interview. I went to meet the ladies, and we instantly connected. That night they emailed to say that I was the chosen one. My gut feeling was kickin' and I knew it would be great to live with these interesting and fun women. What relief and excitement! To top it all off, the house was beautiful, was in a great location and was Yael Franco level of CLEAN! I gave my notice at my old place, started moving my things, and all of a sudden, like it was too good to be true, the landlord decided not to renew the lease, and said he was going to move in with his family. He kicked everyone out, and it was a disaster. I know... total BUMMER. However, it led me to find another living arrangement that made me very happy, BUT the very best part of this very long, very drawn out story is that I still keep in touch with Claire and Molly, we hang out eating delicious foods, and I am very appreciative of their friendship. Anyway, here's to accidental friendships! Kanpai!