HAPPY HOUR IN REDWOOD CITY
BY DEANA SMALLEY
Dagmar extended personal invitations to many NCTA members and offered to bankroll the appetizers. I chose the Franklin Street Caffé in Redwood City because it isn’t too noisy, it’s near public transportation, it has lots of free parking, and—very important—each person can order and pay separately at the counter, so there’s no unseemly scramble to grab the check. We decided on a date and time: Thursday, September 30, 2010 from 5:30 to 7:00. I warned the manager of the Caffé, Raffaella and Dagmar sent out the word, and we were in business.
The following devotees of St. Jerome gathered to toast him on his special day: Sharlee Bradley, Raffaella Buschiazzo, Valerie Chataignier, Kasie Cheung, Renate Chestnut, Dagmar Dolatschko, Hany Farag, Yuki Lapin, Marianne Pripps, Raija Rapo, Thomas Shou and yours truly, Deana Smalley. We ate, we drank, we chatted. Dagmar took photos and kept the snacks coming. At one point she tried to hand me her very intimidating camera, but Hany came to my rescue. Thanks, Hany!
Afterwards, Dagmar told me Sharlee came from Lafayette, nearly 50 miles away! Maybe I can make it to Happy Hour in San Francisco after all. DS