You meet the most amazing people around the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, including the Rev. Canons Melissa McCarthy and Susan Russell along with peerless lay leaders and friends from my St. John Chrysostom Church days, D.J. Gomer and Bloy House – The Episcopal Theological School at Los Angeles dean Linda Tolin Allport, visiting St. Paul’s Commons, Echo Park to plan a retreat; from Episcopal Communities & Services, devoted partners in our affordable housing initiative, ECS trustee the Rev. Tim Hartley; president and CEO James Rothrock; and vice president Dr. Sharon Pewtress; and my buddy since college, David Eisen, diocesan legal consultant and the kind of Los Angeles Dodgers fan who would bid successfully to acquire, for his Manhattan Beach study, the loveseat from Vin Scully’s office.