Last week we had our Christmas Party at the Blue Plate Taco bar on Ocean Ave in Santa Monica. This party felt different than many others we've had over the years...and it wasn't just the view of the sun setting over the Pacific. Something in the air felt exceptional. Maybe it was the people - some have been part of Backyard since the beginning, and others are brand new. All of us together in the same place made for a special night. Sure, it's the holidays, and that's always special, but this had more to do with a group of people who genuinely love what they do for a living and love who they work with. I also felt a strong sense of optimism and positive thoughts for the year ahead. That was a great feeling too. On the other hand...maybe it was just the margaritas. Either way...Happy Holidays, and here's to a great New Year... together!
*Not pictured: Jesper Ericstam, Kevin Smith, Hugo Menduina, Doug Sherin, Kim Griswold and Emily Malito