Cathy and I have been friends for just about a decade now, which is hard to believe. We met while rooming together abroad and have been travel buddies since, venturing to far off lands as adventure geeks. Cathy now resides in Houston and we always make it a point to spend some QT together over the holidays in our shared hometown of Los Angeles. Cathy has been so gracious in supporting my studio by scheduling annual portraits of her niece and nephew. This year, we enjoyed a very warm December day at the Santa Monica Pier where we played in the sand and agreed on our mutual feeling of 'maturity' while escorting the little ones onto the rides at the pier.