I flew to St. Louis to visit with Michael, and help him with his non-profit.  I got in Wednesday Evening, with a uneventful flight.  He picked me up from the airport and then went back to his place.  The neighborhood was nice, and I was surprised how open it was for being pretty close to downtown St. Louis.  I’m not used to seeing empty lots or large unused back yards to buildings.

I led a seminar for his non-profit for the next two days, and we hung out with his girlfriend Ala.  She was very nice, although she came down with something and couldn’t spend much time with us.  I walked around and got to see some more of St. Louis.  The food was very tasty, but heavy.

The startup space here has been amazing.  In many ways it is better than the spaces I’ve seen in the Bay Area.  The price is certainly lower.  We went to a startup meetup, and it was pretty interesting.  The vibe was pretty much the same as the startup mixers in SF, which means I was uncomfortable the whole time.

Saturday we went around a few neighborhoods, a farmers market, and got lunch at a smokehouse.  We worked for the afternoon and went to one of Michael’s friends houses for games.  We played an interesting game called Clank which was a mix of Dungeon Quest and Ascension.  I enjoyed it, but it took a lot longer than it probably should have.

Sunday we went to the Zoo and worked some more.

Sunday evening we played some Dead of Winter, and it was a good time.  We won by a lot, just from getting lucky on the characters we started with.

Monday we went to a meeting for social work in Catholic charities, and it was interesting.  Michael got a lot more out of it than I did, but I still enjoyed hearing about it.  The thing that struck me the most was that they wanted to track their work and quantify their impacts, but that they were lacking a solid metric to base their measure of success on.

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We got lunch at a brewpub and he dropped me off at the airport.  All in all a pretty good trip.