Chefs a La Carte…party planners extraordinaire.

Marguerite plans the parties, Carin is the chef, Stevan is the lead waiter, and Sandy is our bartender. Sometimes we have Piper as a waitress, depending on her schedule.  It’s the “A team”, and when they’re in charge, I can relax.  A ritual I’ve started is — I write everyone a personal note and enclose…

Six broken ribs and a clogged sewer system.

The sewer system was clogged beyond what anyone could fix and Fred, the owner of the plumbing company, wasn’t thrilled when we asked him to come out for the emergency.  He didn’t have anyone else available, though, and he showed up to help.  What we didn’t realize was — he had six broken ribs.  Despite…

Going the extra mile for a driver who was fired.

I’m just as quick to fire off a note of complaint as a note of praise.  When I learned our favorite limo driver Jackie had been ‘let go’ in Boston, I sent a complaint to the owner of the limo company.  I never heard back — which gave me pause about how well-run (or not)…

“Six broken ribs” letter gets framed.

My letter to Fred the plumber (who came to fix a massively clogged sewer system despite having just broken six ribs) meant so much to him he had it framed. This is a what he said to my friend Gregory, my property manager and decorator, about my note. Please Share

An apology for not getting to meet a teacher…

We’ve  been supporters and fans of “Teach for America” — a way young college graduates work in the school system, generally in underserved neighborhoods, and see what they can do to make the education system better.  We got involved in Los Angeles by supporting our first 7th grade math teacher then tried to do the…

The Cheesecake Factory

Gloria G. and Gloria S. are best friends, both in their eighties, who met in singing class a while ago.  We have a birthday tradition of going to Cheesecake Factory in The Grove followed by a frenzied search of Forever 21 for low-priced jewelry.  I wanted Cheesecake folks to know how much we enjoy their…