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I had a lot of fun at last week’s People at Work event and have been meaning to share some thoughts for a while now.

I think the most fascinating part, for me, was seeing such an interesting, diverse group of people in one room, many of whom I had the privilege to photograph over the past two years. It was great to catch up with all the interesting people who make San Diego work and fascinating to see their otherwise-unlikely meetings.

I think this first image exemplifies what the night was all about — interesting people, who make San Diego work, getting together to share their stories with one another. This is Janice Martinelli, a historic preservationist, (dressed in traditional Victorian attire) alongside Darryl Charles, the owner and operator of the Chicken Shack. These two were featured in our pages for drastically different reasons but both had things to share with one another, and they seemed to have a great time doing so.

For their part, bounce-castle owner Joe Crase and courtroom sketch artist Greg High seemed to be chumming it up pretty well. At one point, out of the corner of my eye, I saw them each with a camera in hand taking photos of two of Martinelli’s friends who were also clad in Victorian attire. I wasn’t quite quick enough to get a good photo of them taking photos. I was too busy schmoozing.

David Flores and his family made their way to the event too and were sitting at a table with our founder Neil Morgan and his wife Judith. Flores was part of the Virtual Convening series and has done some remarkable things in San Ysidro.

It was a really exciting night for us at voiceofsandiego.org. It was great to see everyone I have had the privilege to photograph over the years and share some photos and stories with you.

SAM HODGSON

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