Nikki James was one of the folks who attended my farewell dinner in North Carolina, just before I moved to Seattle in 2000. (We ate at Bullock's Barbecue, of course.) Saying goodbye to all my great clients, friends and colleagues was the only time I cried over leaving NC.
I flew into Minneapolis to see Nikki graduate from William Mitchell. I seem to recall building her a slightly lopsided bookcase as a graduation gift.
2008 Update: Nikki and I had lunch on a long layover I had at MSP airport. She's still in the Twin Cities, and owns a Victorian house in St. Paul. I hope to see her again this summer.
2009 Update: Nikki still lives in St. Paul, and she and Dan got married on New Year's day. I wish them both all the best!
2011: And then there were three: welcome Luke Gilchrist!
2017: While I was busy moving around, I missed the second baby — a bigger, happier family.