When I go to Isa, I invariably ask the waiter to push my table together with another, and end up going for late night drinks with my new friends. You probably wouldn’t peg an H.R. director for being good with people, but I’d like to think I’m the rare breed who actually makes my employees lives better. I do try to leave work at work, however, and pride myself in finding the humor in every situation. I’ve hosted “Wing Offs” where friends competed with their own recipes. I’ve thrown salsa parties at Caf? Cocomo – where I ended up dancing on stage. And then there was the Thanksgiving where my brother almost blew up the house by putting a turkey in the deep fryer - leaving us to cook the bird in the microwave. Yeah, that’s us. Lots of personality - and lots of love. And that’s really what it’s all about. Because while I’ll donate money to elderly homeless people, or make a brokenhearted friend smile by making a happy face in his pancake, I’d much rather put my energy to the guy who puts a spring in my step and a smile on my face. Whether it’s a trip to MoMA in New York, or just snuggling down at your place, we know we’re together on a great journey. Along with our neighbors at Isa, of course.
You do the right thing, even if it’s not always the easy thing. You’d make the best of it after a missed flight in Ibiza. You appreciate that I’m trying to get better at tennis. You look me in the eyes when we talk. You’d kayak in Sausalito. You’d bring me to a concert with your friends at The Warfield. You’ll share a book with me on how to motivate a team, or an article from the Times about how texting is impacting our ability to connect with each other on a deeper level. You treat the waiter with class. You listen when I vent about dealing with crying employees. You know I’m nothing special in the kitchen, but allow me to add garlic and avocado when applicable. You love that I’m the linchpin who brings people together. You remind me to bring the water and granola to Mt. Tam. You’d set up a surprise candlelight dinner under the Golden Gate Bridge. You believe in something bigger than you. You have a strong moral compass and are always trying to improve in life. You know that in accepting all of me, I’ll accept all of you.