You know those friends you make, the kind you have for life? I’m lucky enough to have quite a few of those sorts of friends, many of whom I met at the Deadwood between 2000 and 2003. Chad and Jenni were in from Seattle last week for a whirlwind Iowa tour, so I drove down to spend Thursday with them and some of the old gang. It’s harder and harder to get everyone together these days, so while there were a ton of people who couldn’t join us, I was thrilled to see as many friends as I did. We even ran into Aaron Jennings at the Hamburg the next day, which was beyond serendipitious. Chad, Jenni and I crashed at the Iowa House in room 422 – which I point out only because Annette and I stayed in room 422 the very next night in the Inn on the Park in Madison. I’m thinking I’ve got to play the lotto with those numbers.