August 30, Half Moon Bay, CA: Had another difficult conversation today. Actually, I cant say that difficult is exactly the right way to describe it. Maybe it was just uncomfortable. One of those talks that needs to be had and kind of stands in the way of progress. If felt like one of those points when you feel comfortable where things are, so you escalate...and immediately become a little uncomfortable again because you're stretching. In the end we were both glad that we did it and felt relief.
I also had a strange moment in the Ritz-Carlton hotel, where we've been staying. When I lived in NYC, it was very common for me to see women who were commuting alone on the subway turn their diamond rings around so that the stone faces the palm. I assumed that they felt like less of a target when people couldn't see their most valuable jewelry. Some of my female friends confirmed that the purpose of the ring turn was definitely to deter would-be thieves. So this morning, I got on the elevator on our floor. There was nobody else on the elevator with me. On the way to the ground floor, a woman got on the elevator. As the door closed, she was quickly and discretely turning her stone around into her palm. I know nothing about why she did it. But I remembered being back on a Brooklyn-bound F train in NYC. Like I said, the moment was strange, although my reaction was predictable. It bothered me a little. Maybe a little more than that. But that's life.