My friend Mark was in town to say good-bye before heading back to Eastern Europe for, perhaps, another year. We hung out, played games, and drank in the company of people who, unfortunately, only get together when it seems we won’t be able to get together for an extended time. Mark and I are similar in a lot of ways except his has the remarkable (sorry) ability to simply pick up and go somewhere, learn the language, make friends, and be happy. Considering I’ve been in NYC for well over a decade and still can’t seem to do the same, I think he’s amazing. Best of luck, Mark (Beta).