This was a great night. I went out alone. When else can you engage in a relatively deep conversation with strangers? When you're out with someone, you understandably need to spend time with them, but when you are alone, you can get past pleasantries of a new acquaintance and get to the heart of things - pretty fast. It always amazes me how quickly people are willing to open up to strangers...especially when they are alone. Men and women of all ages do this. You meet recent widowers, scared PhD students, frantic business people, world travelers and owners of new puppies. Those are the people I met tonight. Each one made an impression - made me recognize a little of me in them - maybe I did the same for them. This was a great night.