Terry and I like to get away to the San Jose Fairmont for my birthday and other special occasions. Problem is that the last few years the San Jose Jazz Festival has been my birthday weekend. So we went this past weekend instead. We got a lovely upgrade to a tower room and had an absolutely marvelous dinner at the Grill on the Alley, a first-rate restaurant with excellent food, great service, and prices to match. But well worth it.

Our room overlooked San Carlos and First Streets, and the venerable Original Joe's restaurant, very close to where I was the first classified advertising manager at the weekly alternative newspaper Metro back in 1985. "More than a lifetime ago."

But that was a different world: one I have no interest in going back to. I love my life today with Terry. In spite of the stress at work, I'm happy to be where I am, and love having the opportunity for a weekend getaway with Terry so close to home.

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