Please allow me to introduce myself...

Seems like everywhere we went, Sutter knew somebody who was walking by, somebody in a coffee shop, somebody who came out of a mega building, some folks at the Lyttelton Harbor, some parents who had kids at the Redcliffs School several people at the local Farmer's Market. She never forgets a name.

Today, while she was visiting me (and other friends) in Alameda, it was turn-around-fair-play, much to my surprise. And as she knows, I don't remember names as well as she does.

We were walking into Panera, Sutter's high school friend, Erik came up to us and said HI! I know Erik because I used to carpool with other parents driving the kids to and from school, and also because we used to work at the same real estate office, and his folks live right up the street.

As we were walking out of Panera, I saw Brooke, another friend who I used to work with, and we see each other occasionally on the broker tour. Then I recognized a lady at the next table, and I said "Hey I know you, too! But I can't recall your name!" Sure enough, I knew her because she sold insurance.

I rarely shop at our nearby Safeway, and certainly not in the middle of the day. I tend to go there when there are the fewest people late at night. This is my primary source for my fav soft drink, Fresca (no caffeine, no alcohol, just fresh flavors)!  Hey, do I get paid for this advertising?

In the Safeway soup aisle, Susan came up to me and said hi (and also reintroduced herself)! She's the best friend of the wife of the family who lives around the corner, whose house I sold to them! (does that even make sense?)

About 10 seconds later, Jeff showed up in the same soup aisle. I went to high school with Jeff in Newport Beach, and he lives in Alameda now. Although we are FB friends (he's an amazing artist), he lives here in Alameda, this is the first time I've seen him (and he also re-introduced himself).

There's a lesson to be learned here. I've always introduced myself and extended my hand, because I don't want folks to think that they should automatically know who I am. AND even though I knew everybody who came up to me today, they did re-introduced themselves. And I really appreciate that gesture.

There another lesson here. Safeway is the store to get Potatoes O'Brien, which is used in Buffet Potatoes and here's the recipe. You can listen to the Rolling Stones while making this dish (although the title of the song is Sympathy For the Devil) you may know it by the title of this post.

2 lbs frozen hash brown potatoes OR 1.5 lbs frozen Potatoes O'Brien (not necessary to thaw).
1/2 c. melted butter
1/4 c. chopped onion (only if using hash browns)
1 can (10 3/4oz) cream of chicken soup (or cream of mushroom)
1 pt sour cream
10 oz grated cheddar cheese
Bread crumbs

Combine potatoes in large baking dish with butter, (onions), soup, sour cream, cheese.
Sprinkle with bread crumbs.

Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

Serves 8-10

Live richly! marilyn


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