Friday, January 16, 2009

Lunching With an Good Friend

Melissa Chang and I have known each other for more than 20 years, having first met when she was a new hire at Starr Seigle McCombs (SSM) advertising agency in Honolulu, and I was with Professional Communications (ProComm) public relations in the next building. That’s when SSM purchased ProComm and we all moved over to where Melissa was so she could join our staff.

Once in a while (not often enough), we get together for lunch and relive the “good ol’ days” of the ‘80s and ‘90s, when the agency business was going strong. We make the same age-old snide remarks about fellow employees and clients we didn’t like, and wonder what our favorite fellow employees and clients are doing now.

We met for lunch at Paesano (see my restaurant blog, A Place for My Taste, for that report), a wonderful Italian food restaurant just up the street from my home. She wanted to show me some old stamps and get an idea of their worth, now that she is between jobs and had some time to spare for me.

What a great lunch it was. We talked about the experiences and fun we have writing our respective blogs. She authors one called “Urban Mixed Plate” about life in the Kakaako area of Honolulu. Melissa has always been an excellent writer, and I encourage you to take a look at her blog:

It was actually kind of hilarious when our meals arrived and before we started eating. Both of us whipped out our cameras and took several pictures of our food. Then, we asked our waitress to take a picture of the two of us before we messed up our plates – so the waitress took one with my camera, one with her camera, and one with her phone. I was tempted to whip out MY phone and get another picture, but thought the better of it.

I wonder if Melissa will write about our lunch in HER blog?


Rebecca said...

Looks like a great time!

I embarrass Kurt to no end when I take pictures in restaurants. I try to tell him it's for my readers, but he just shakes his head. At least I was a good girl at our Christmas dinner and left the camera in my purse. :)

Montee said...

We have a Paesanos here too. It sounds like Y'all had a great time.

MJC said...

I found your blog when Googling about Moanalua Gardens and loved reading your entries so much that I've decided to read your blog from day one back in 2008 What a nice surprise to find out you are good friends of Melissa Chang whom I do not know personally but love reading about her musings on life and her travels and dining out! I'm enjoying your blog a lot!

Craig Miyamoto said...

Thanks a million, MJC! One of these days, you're going to have to meet Melissa. She's wonderful and a great writer, and an even better friend.

~ Craig

Unknown said...

Thanks, MJC!! I'm always happy to hear about people reading my blog....I'm never sure! Hope to see you online!