Sam Sadler, our good friend and neighbor, invited us to dinner last night and what an evening it was. Mr. Andy Campf, another resident here at The Portland Plaza, joined us for a wonderful meal preceded by great bread, humus and cheeses from Italy and France. Next came the most delightful lamb chops we've ever had the pleasure to enjoy, complemented perfectly by French wine and sparkling cider. Sam served an elegant pear tart (it probably has a better-sounding French name) for dessert. In a word: Wow!
Andy, we found out, is writing a novel in addition to having a full-time career! He wouldn't tell us much about it, so we'll have to wait for his announcement of its publication. Many evenings, we've seen Andy working on his book in the Portland Plaza library. Hope we can be among the first to read it.
I had thoughts about taking Sam's portrait to the dinner last night, but as usual, I found just enough wrong with it and left it here. I had written most of a post, just waiting to return from dinner to finish it, but too much wine and fatigue defeated me. Today, with a clear head and eyes, I worked on addressing the flaws which kept the painting home last night. Still needs work, but I decided to post an image, sans scarf. I can honestly say, if we attend many more farewell dinners I'm gonna have to start limiting my wine intake.
Late today, Dr. Nnamdi Emetarom and his wife, Suzy, came here for a photo shoot. I've wanted to do a portrait of Nnamdi since meeting him here a couple of years ago. Nearly too late, I invited him to come here today before he and Suzy leave for a visit to Phoenix on Thursday. His portrait will be my very first in Hawaii. With Suzy adding superb direction and Nnamdi's willingness to pose, we got some excellent photos. I've included one of my favorites, though it will be up to Nnamdi and Suzy to make the final choice. Have a good day tomorrow.