Last night I had the great pleasure of being invited to enjoy a King’s game from a suite at the

Golden One arena, thanks again Lisa Barrier! What a fantastic experience! As I spent the
evening meeting new people, catching up with an old friend, and of course, watching the game I
couldn’t help but stop and take a minute to really admire the Golden One Stadium.

First, let me back up as to how I came to taking that minute. I was introduced to the loveliest couple who had
recently relocated to the Landpark area of Sacramento from Baltimore. Whoa, that’s a change for
sure. I spend a good twenty minutes chatting it up with them about their move and how living in

Baltimore they often traveled to DC to get their “City” fix, and we all laughed how we here in

Sacramento often travel to San Francisco to get our “city fix”. In fact so much so that within that
conversation I suddenly  caught myself referring to SF as “The city” and Sacramento as, well,
“Sacramento"? Is Sacramento not a city?! I guess according to me, its not! What?! And in that

moment I really found myself present, and found gratitude for living here.

I often feel "Sacramento proud “ but in that moment I had to make a conscious decision to actually be indeed
Sacramento Proud. I found myself telling this couple how great our local food is, breweries,
parks, theaters, second Saturday, the list went on and on! Not too long ago you couldn’t pay me
enough to live here. So much so that in 2003 I bolted Sacramento as fast as I could, and would
swear to never come back. But, I did, and now I feel forever fortunate to have been able to watch
this city transform into a young, sophisticated, bright, and oh so incredible city. It’s vibrant, and
full of talent on almost every corner, yet still has its greenery and old school charm. So as I
enjoyed the rest of my night supporting another loosing game (I have to poke fun, don’t blame
me) I definitely also took my time to take in the gorgeous structure the Golden One Arena is, the
boasting and gleaming Sawyer Hotel next door and the beauty of the emerging K street block.

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