Thursday night at Mickey Spillane’s American Restaurant, he invited the four of us to visit his law firms main office located in the heart of Times Square, which gave us a unique 360 degree perspective of Manhattan from the 40th floor of the building. Karen, an attorney by trade in Australia, was also particularly interested in visiting with Bryan, discussing the differences between their legal system and ours. All the while we “Ooh’d and Aah’d” at the spectacular views of the city. One particular point to note, we especially enjoyed looking down upon the “New Years Ball” they drop every January 1st at Midnight.We also were blessed to meet and share lunch Friday, with more Venice The Series (or as we’ve come to be known, #VeniceNation) fans at the Rattle and Hum who were also in town attending the various events offered. This is what I particularly enjoyed the most; getting to talk and conversely getting to know one another better. There is a lesson in meeting someone in person for the first time, versus talking to them online. The lesson being, we are far more similar, than different. Regardless our walks of life, jobs, ages, orientations, etc, we are all strong women who live, love and hope for a better tomorrow and bridging gaps to friendship isn’t a bad way to start.