A tradition is developing among our friends here in DC to celebrate each others birthdays together. As Satoko and I observed our Mercury birthdays one day apart this month of June, 2005, our friend Yumi took the initative to organize a dinner party celebration at the fun, friendly southen Italian-themed restaurant Buca di Beppo in Dupont Circle, DC. Although we endured an hour delay (!) in seating - despite having made firm reservations - our favorite table, the "Pope room," was again the setting for a lively, savory, and exceptionally intimate - squeezing 21 people in a space designed for 16 - birthday celebration. Thanks to all for coming, for your friendship, your good cheer, and your generosity!