michael pollan came to the restaurant tonight, which was pretty exciting news for me. for probably three years now, i've wanted to audit one of his seminars at the j-school, but have either been too busy or shy to ask. i knew i'd have to drop names and pull strings to get to do that, and though i don't have any problem doing either of those things, i don't particularly enjoy doing them. in fact, i find it sometimes more taxing, or emotionally expensive, if you will, to do those sorts of things. sometimes, it's just better to do it for yourself.

i could have waited around for him to come in, but then i would have felt awkward interrupting his dinner. so i just wrote him a note introducing myself (though i'd met him before at cp) and saying that i'd love to take one of his classes. we'll see if that works.