Back in college, I used to work for the Residential Networking department.
I would go out to students’ rooms and help them to connect their computers to the campus network and, in some cases, date them.
But, that’s beside the point; it was at this job that I met and worked with Erik, Eric, Michael and Nik.
I’m not sure where the tradition started - I think Erik (our boss at the time) took us out for a ‘thank you’ dinner once after a particularly busy move-in week or something along those lines.
After that, every couple months or so we’d all get together to go out and just catch up with each other.
Also part of the tradition was always trying to pick a different and, hopefully, new-to-us restaurant for our meetings.
The tradition continued long after we’d all parted ways with the ResNet office, although the dinners became less and less frequent as our lives got busier and busier (cue up “Cats in the Cradle”).
Since it had been a good six months since we’d all sat down to eat together, and I wanted to do a get-together with the guys before taking off, I proposed that we meet up last night.
Per Nik’s suggestion, we went to Villa Capri over in the Carmel Valley area. I’d never eaten there before and once dinner was served, I was sorry I hadn’t. I had the Bocconcini di Manzo al Gorgonzola (beef medallions in a Gorgonzola sauce) and, I have to tell you, it was nothing short of amazing. It was, by far, the best steak I’ve had in long time. I think my toes were still curled when I walked back to the car.
Incredible steaks aside, it was great catching up with everyone and without noticing, our dinner turned into a two and a half hour affair (as any good Italian meal should).