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Virtual Happy Hour Meets in Person

I have been meeting with a dozen fellow MIT alums of roughly my vintage on a zoom call (known as the VHH--Virtual Happy Hour) since the  height of Covid. With the perceived decreasing risk of the disease, there have been a few in-person sessions.

 For Derby Day, two of the south-bay members of the group joined two Lamorindans for fried chicken, deviled eggs, Mint Juleps, cookies and brownies (My Juleps were virgin), and beer cheese with crudités and dipping pretzels (along with some normal dips as well). It was three women and me, but as the father of two daughters it wasn't the first time I have been the only male in the room (including the time I was the only male in the pressroom at the first meeting of the National Women’s Political Caucus).

Fancy hats are a derby day tradition, so, for the first time in a few years, I donned my silk top hat.

Vhh top hat


Robert E. Malchman

You look like the Monopoly guy gleefully handing someone a "Go Directly to Jail" card.

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