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July 24, 2005

Sayonara Preyash 2

This is kind of a misleading title as we (Leigh, Nuala, Melanie and myself) only sat next to Preyash's fifth sayonara party and were not directly involved. But we did make it to Grape Gumbo despite the earthquake and it was fantastic.

First a word or two on how we got there. Yesterday's earthquake had a lot of implications. First, the elevators in my building were not working. I really have a much better appreciation for how high up I live, not just from the shaking, but from the 15 flights of stairs I went down to get out. All I could think as I climbed down was how awful it was going to be if they were still out when I returned.

Even better, many of the subway and train lines were not working. To rub salt in the wound, that meant that there were fewer available taxis. And it seemed the ones we did see were not interested in picking up a few foreigners. As a result, we were late.

But it was worth it. As I may have mentioned before, I like this restaurant. The food is very good and the wine selection is awesome. I like the spicy duck...it is unbelievably tasty, but truly most anything you order is going to satisfy you.

Even if the food had been poor, it would have been a classic night out because Melanie is one of the funniest people in the world and all sorts of strange things happen to her. It is a good combination.

For example: if you were thinking of buying the new Jack Welch (super ex-CEO) book on management tips, don't...it is complete rubbish. And if you insist you have to read it, you should go the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Lost and Discarded Book Center. They are still after Melanie to come get her copy which she thought she had safely binned (next time take your meishi out before leaving it in a toilet stall). Anyway, there are probably plenty of copies there for you to claim.

By the way, Preyash had another great night. Check out the comments on the last post and you will see that he was out until 4am AGAIN. Why his long-suffering wife puts up with that behaviour is a mystery! (just kidding Preyash - i know you only go out late twice every eighteen months).

Sorry - no pictures this time.

Posted by Kirk on July 24, 2005 12:26 PM