One of the birthday friends is a guy Leigh's known for years, someone named Lockhart Steele. I'll say it again: Lockhart Steele. I was a bit apprehensive to meet him, assuming he would be a lock-jawed upper-crust Connecticut as his name sounds. But he turns out to be a normal, down-to-earth, nice guy. Who would have guessed.
And then today Gawker links to his blog: The Neighborhood Destruction Genre
(It's just a little "Ooh, I very vaguely know a guy who has a passing mention on a popular website!" excitement for the afternoon... There are worse ways to spend the afternoon, I guess.)