In 1978, “a stranger” walked into my office and introduced himself as Nino Piccolo, the architect who would be designing a new office building for my employer, and from that day forward we have been good friends. While in Chattanooga just before Christmas we got together for lunch for what may be the last time we see each other before he returns to Italy, his homeland, in April. Our time over lunch was spent talking about the good times we have shared and the many mutual friends we have lost over the years. Nino’s daughter, Christina, is accompanying him and will be teaching English to students in a nearby school. They will reside in Nino’s home overlooking a beautiful countryside in Ascoli Piceno in the Marche region. I wish you well, my friend, enjoy la dolce vita and I will keep my promise to visit you in the not-too-distant future.