Mano a Mano Friendship

I had a fabulous dinner with Brad Feld last night. Brad and I have been having sushi dinners for over 10 years now.  Our conversations have moved from largely business to largely personal as our tastes have gone from maki to largely nigiri sushi. You know -- we've lost the cover on the rawness. There was a period of time where we couldn't have sushi because of Brad's diet -- we tried Italian food, vegetarian food, even pizza -- but it always felt wrong to me. We're a sushi and sake friendship and very happy about it.

After dinner I was reflecting on the fact that I'm in my mid to late thirties and I am really cherishing a number of my male friendships. In college, I always liked my guy friends -- but I often felt that the intimacy level was limited.  I felt alienated and alone in relation to my male friends.  I'm happy to report that I've been able to create a few very good friendships with men -- my only regret is that they don't live that nearby and as a result I'm not able to have sushi with them them frequently enough.