Nineteen Ninety Six is going to be a very good year. I am keeping a record of everyone I share a meal with this year. Come by to see what, where, and with whom! Will you be next?
|Date||What||Where||With whom||Works for||Position||What I ate||Memorable Quote|
|January 4||Coffee||Rodger's, Palo Alto||Steve Thomas||Netscape||Java Wonk||Great salad and veggie lentil soup||"I think the Web took off because a lot of people in Silicon Valley were really getting bored."|
|January 6||Dinner||Gordon Biersch, Palo Alto||Glenn Davis||Project Cool||Webmaster||Grilled vegies and awesome penne||"I'm the guy who introduced the <BLINK> tag to the Web."|
|January 8||Dinner||Piatti, Palo Alto||Gino Lee||Studio Verso||Senior Designer||Pasta with grilled portobello mushrooms||"So, Dave, with this Balkanization article, do you plan to be the Johnson of the Web?"
"As in 'Masters and...'?"
"As in Samuel."
|January 9||Dinner||LuLu, San Francisco||Michael Nolan||Hayden Books||Editor in Chief||Salad, beets, fusili and herb pasta||"I read your journal and frankly, I prefer the Calvin Klein boxer shorts."|
|January 20||Dinner||Mystic Cafe, Palo Alto||Andy Shore||Adobe||Webmaster||Spinach salad and cheeseless polenta||"I'm going to Australia on my sabbatical, and I'm really looking forward to it."█when I asked him why Adobe hasn't announced a PostScript plug-in for Netscape Navigator.|
|January 30||Dinner||Cafe Verona, Palo Alto||Matthew Butterick||Atomic Vision||Site Designer||Pasta with a nice green salad||"Dave, Dave, Dave. You've got to learn to delegate. Have your guys write your journal for you; it'll probably be more interesting, anyway."|
|January 31||Lunch||Japanese Buffet, Mt View||Christopher Warnock||Adobe||Manager, Acrobat||Vegetable suki-yaki||I told Chris: "I never lose any data. Working on the Web, the software is so buggy, you get in the habit of saving every 20 seconds." That was just before Netscape crashed as I was showing him one of my sites.|
|February 2||Lunch||Mandarin Gourmet, Sunnyvale||Daniel Klaussen and Alex Edelstein||Netscape||Product managers, Navigator 3.0 and 2.0||Mu-Shu Vegetables and string beans||"We all agree that site designers should have more control over the look of their sites."|
|February 3||Dinner||Roger's house, Los Gatos||Roger Black||At Home||Creative Director||Pasta with home-made tomato sauce and artichokes||"I think we should have the 'Eddie Bauer' edition browser... and the mood browser!"|
|February 6||Lunch||Mandarin Gourmet, Palo Alto||Kevin Hughes||EIT||Webmaster||Braised mushrooms and greens||I told Chris: "You want me to say something memorable? That's my quote."|
|February 6||Dinner||Cafe Verona||Andrew Wood||Core Design||Site Designer||Pasta and green salad||"I have an Apple server running System 7.5 and it never crashes."|
|February 7||Dinner||Bijou, San Francisco||Ridgeley Evers||CoSite||Entrepreneur||Pasta with tomato sauce, salad||"When can you start working for us?"|
|February 17||Lunch||University Coffee Cafe, Palo alto||Richard Powers||Stanford Dance division||Teacher, historian||Soup and salad||"Are people surprised, when they meet you, to find out you're nice?"|
|February 26||Dinner||Mandarin Gourmet, Palo Alto||David "Sparky" Cullinan||Studio Verso||Site Designer||Mu-Shi vegetables and string beans||"Dude, once you've had Legos, there is nothing better."|
|March 1||Lunch||Cafe Borrone, Menlo Park||Ridgeley Evers||CoSite||Entrepreneur||Eggplant sandwich||When I said "Ridge, it sounds like you need me to join your team," he replied: "That's why I'm sitting here having lunch with you, you idiot!"|
|March 5||Dinner||LuLu, San Francisco||Kim Clark||A law firm in Chicago||Lawyer||salad, vegan pizza||"I think women have a lot more choices than men do."|
|March 7||Dinner||Piatti, Palo Alto||Dan Baum||Silicon Graphics||Director of graphics engineering||salad, Pasta with mushrooms and tomatoes||"Dave, is your daily outlook on life going to change when Bill Gates is working for you?"|
|March 8||Dinner||Mandarin Gourmet, Palo Alto||Hal Rucker||Rucker Design||Graphic Designer||mu-shi vegetables, broccoli, asaparagus||"We are doing our first web site, for Connectix. It's not like doing package design.\"|
|March 12||Dinner||Ecco, San Francisco||Thomas Reardon, Hakon Lie||Microsoft, W3C||Iconoclasts both||salad, pasta arrabiatta||"I'm a staccato thinker." - Thomas|
|April 2||Dinner||Farfalle, Hollywood||Harry Marks||American Film Institute||Teacher, seer, storyteller||Pasta and salad||"Having a heart attack really changes your outlook on computer graphics."|
|April 3||Dinner||The home of David Foster, Los Angeles||Gary and Lisa Foster||Gary Foster's Home Page||Film Producer||Salad and matzoh||"Baruch aia adonai, elohenu melech ha olam... boree pre ha gafen."|
|April 5||Dinner||Cafe Borrone, Menlo Park||Sally Applin||Portal||Interface Designer||focaccia||"I hate carnations, saxaphones)."|
|April 12||Dinner||Stanford Shopping Center||Tom Papa||General Contractor||Pasta with vegetables and salad||"What are you going to do? Move to San Francisco and leave Gizmo in Palo Alto? Does he know about this?"|
|April 16||Dinner||Vicolo, Palo Alto||Gino Lee, Matt Johnson, Todd Fahrner||Studio Verso||Intraoffice Troublemakers||Sausage Lasagna, 5 varieties of pizza||"So, Dave, with this third-generation site-design book, do you plan to be the Stewart of the Web?"
"As in 'Patrick...'?"
"As in Martha."
|(okay, dave wasn't really there, but it was funny anyway)|
|April 23||Dinner||Stanford Faculty Club, Stanford, CA||Paul Ehrlich||Stanford Center for Conservation Biology||Director, Population expert||Big salad-bar salad||"Do you want to know my official prediction on what will happen to the world over the next 30 years, or do you want to know what I really think?"|
|May 9||Dinner||Blue Chalk Cafe||Reed Overfeldt||GTSI||salad and mixed veggie plate||"Washington is a great town. It attracts interesting people. The asshole meter is in the red sometimes, but there's always something exciting going on."|
|May 29||Lunch||Stanford Faculty Club||Paul Ehrlich, Marina Alberti, Andy Weiss||Center for Conservation Biology||Big salads for all||"Why don't we make a big site where all environmental groups can publish their content and teach everyone about conservation, ecology, and sustainability?"|
|May 30||Lunch||Delancy Street, San Francisco||Jeff Veen||Hotwired||User-Interface guru||Chilled noodle salad||""I'd like to start a group of web designers in San Francisco who meet and exchange ideas."|
|May 21||Lunch||South Park Cafe, San Francisco||Anne Palmer||Friend||Salad and Soup||After lunch, her four-year-old son, Joe, told me: "No kissing! Don't kiss my mom!"|
|June 2||Dinner||Calzone's, San Francisco||Terri Arndt and her friend Joan||Nike||Information Systems Coordinator||Salad, pasta with dried tomatoes and arrugula||"I got a tattoo from the guy who did Phil Knight, but I didn't get a Nike Swoosh. I got something else."|
|June 3||Dinner||Ecco, San Francisco||Harry Mott and Dan Nash||Cyberstudios||Prinipals||Salad and pasta with wild mushrooms||"We're building the studio of the future, and we want you to be part of it. We even have an Ego Patrol that makes sure nobody's head gets too big."|
|June 9||Dinner||Gordon Biersch, San Francisco||Ben Wuersching||Independent Designer||Salad and mushroom rissotto||"Living in Grass Valley is nice, but there aren't many good designers to hang out with."|
|June 10||Lunch||Gordon Biersch, San Francisco||Alice Hill||c|net||Executive Editor||Salad and mushroom-focaccia||"We put up stories of people doing things and talking about their lives, but they bombed. When we do a story comparing 200 monitors, the hits go through the roof."|
|June 11||Lunch||Caffe Centro, South Park, San Francisco||Lee Swearington and Cathy Clarke||DXM||Shockwave Designers||Green salad and an artichoke/roasted red-pepper sandwich|