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Try Something New

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In 1996, when we moved to New Orleans, I took on the job of being assistant manager at the Clearview Mall, Sears Portrait Studio, in Metairie.  The manager of the studio was a woman named Diane.  We had a lot of work to do in that studio, which started with firing a whole bunch of workers that were stealing money by processing fake returns.  To get the studio back on track we had countless strategy meetings.  After going to Steak and Ale one too many times, Diane thought it was time to introduce me to Shogun.

“You need to try Japanese,” she said, one afternoon.

“Uhhhh, I *just* recently tried something OTHER than Sweet and Sour Chicken, Diane,” I dryly responded.

“Well, you just haven’t lived until you try some tempura vegetables or sushi,”  she stated.

“Sushi?  As in raw fish.  No way, that’s pretty disgusting, and I’m sure I’m allergic,” I boldly replied.

“Come on, Mishelle, be brave.  Live a little; try something new!”  she ordered.

The first time I ate sushi, it wasn’t even the “real” stuff. I tested the waters by trying California Rolls, and I was instantly hooked. From that day on, every time we had a strategy lunch meeting, we went to Shogun, and by the end of my time at the portrait studio I was well on my way to being a full fledged lover of sushi—the “real” stuff.  I even introduced Michael to it at the same place that I was introduced to one of my [now] favorite foods in the whole wide world.

A few years later, after we’d moved back to Buffalo, one of the best date nights, in my memory bank,was the night we dressed up—to the nines—and spent a few hours eating various and exotic sushi rolls while enjoying a couple bottles of white wine.   When I think about that night, I get butterflies; it was that perfect of a night.   A lot of the time we couldn’t get out like that,  having three small children, so Michael would pick up a platter of our favorite rolls, and we’d enjoy it after the kids were in bed.   We did the same with chicken wings, but the sushi was a whole lot classier.  Who cares if we ate them right out of the platter?

These days I get my sushi fill at the Chinese Buffet—which is pretty darn good—or I get these awesome sushi packs from our local Kroger.  The selection of the rolls prepared at Kroger is awesome, and when I’m looking for fix without the buffet, it’s the first place I go.  The other day I even saw that they sell spicy mayo.  It’s my newest addiction.

A while back I even got my mother to try sushi at the Chinese Buffet, while she was visiting.  She actually liked it, after years of turning her nose up at it, and now she buys sushi for herself and my father from their local grocery store in Buffalo.   Oh, and someone else that I successfully hooked on sushi is our son Mikey.  When we hit the buffet, he never gets dessert because he makes sure to save room for a few rolls.   That’s mah’boy.

The other day I met my girlfriend Heather for lunch.  We, of course, had sushi at “our place”.    The time before that I ate sushi with Jim, Lotus, and Vee at Blissdom.   Sushi’s awesome, but it’s even more awesome when eaten with loved ones.

Moral of the story:  Try something new, because you never know when it’s going to be something that you will ABSOLUTELY LOVE!

Saturdays Are Perfect for Photowalks & Sushi

My Bliss: Part IX

We were all very slow to move on Saturday morning.  We were tired, the week had caught up with us, and, personally, the late nights finally took their toll.  Lotus and I got to bed at 4’something, and I didn’t fall asleep until well after 4:30am, due to my poor, achy, throbbing feet.  We did have a nice few moments on the floor in front of our room, though.  Except we were on the wrong floor.  But, I digress… Just looking at Lotus’ boots, on Saturday morning, hurt my feet, as I opted to walk around the Opryland Hotel in my house slippers.

A small group of photogranerds met for the photo-walk.  I was so pleased to see each and every one of them.

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We stopped at the brick steps so that I could take some portraits of all the walkers.  Jennifer even took one of me.

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Shab caught me while working.  I totally love these pictures because I feel like I’m in a zone when I’m photographing someone, and to actually see myself while in that zone is really interesting.


Then the photo-walk continued…

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As my feet were submerged in the cold-cold water of the man-made brook, two men of God approached me.  Few words were spoken, but there was an understanding as to why I was so keen to dangle my feet, slipped in, the water like liquid socks.  He smiled. I smiled.  I almost asked him if he wanted to join me.


After the walk was over we went up to where Vdog and Jim were waiting for us.  Before we headed off to lunch, I got to say “hi”—via video-chat—to my old friend (an OG Cre8buzzer) Mr. Lady.  It was so nice to “see” her, too; I only wish she would have been at Blissdom.

We decided to hit the sushi restaurant.  And, we indulged in some of the best sushi that I’ve had in a long time.  After a little while Leslie and Rachel joined up with us.  It was a nice way to spend the final moments of Blissdom together.


Before we said our goodbyes I asked V, Leslie, Rach, and Jim what their favorite part of Blissdom was.

Join me tomorrow when I give my final thoughts about My Bliss.

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