The Diane-centric Visit


I’m sure you must have asked yourself occasionally “What is the high point of mrpeenee’s year?” Well, obviously, it is the annual visit of Diane von Austinburg, which this year starts right about, oh, now, in fact.

Diane: so smart, so charming. A fabulous cook, she and I enjoy working in the kitchen together (not easy with my Tyrannosaurus Chef attitude.) We both love thrift stores, but I am the merest piker compared to her laser-like ability to find gold amidst the dross. Her genius at Boggle is legendary, even if it does include cheerfully making up words, which she calls “pushing the envelope” and I call “cheating.” We also have a lengthy list of the best restaurants to hit. Chez Panisse, here we come.

Mostly, it’s the pleasure of hanging out with someone who remembers me before I was old and cranky. Yes, it’s true. Photographic proof provided below.

About mrpeenee

A former bon vivant and terror of a number of New Orleans bars in the mad, gay 1980s, I'm now quietly retired and widowed in San Francisco. I have a crooked nose due to an unfortunate Frisbee accident.

12 responses »

  1. Yay I love when she visits you. We always get a detailed report of the menu items and choices then a guided tour of San Francisco’s thrift stores and your purchases. Please continue this tradition for your enraptured readers.


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