Dear Zan, Thank you for coming out from Bethesda to have lunch with me (in the rain, no less!). Seeing you put a woolly mammoth-size smile on my face and made the chaos and stress of my morning feel simply like background noise. Dear Rain, please go away and come back when it’s not a Nats game day! Dear Randall, I’m so excited you’re here visiting this weekend! I can’t wait to show you the parts of D.C. that have become special to me. Whatever we decide to do – hiking, biking, kayaking, day drinking… will be memorable. And I’m sure we’ll find a way to fit a rendition of, “Couldya wouldya” in! Dear Sir Theodore Prince of Bagle Hounds, Congratulations on graduating from Manners Class last night! Our relationship has grown so much over the course of this class, and I’m so excited to understand you and your little nose a little better. Now, if only we could master that whole loose leash walking thing… Dear Graham, No excuses, I’m dragging you out for a beer soon! Dear Colorado, The news of the shooting destroyed me this morning. I feel like before my mind could even register the new day, there were tears in my eyes. I can’t fathom the fear every person in that theater felt, and I can’t fathom the pain the families of the victims are experiencing. I do know that there’s a mass solidarity right now in our country, a sense of togetherness, and that over brimming love and support is surrounding you all. I hope, in some small way, that offers comfort. Dear Friday, Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.