My father's first dental office was on Central Avenue, in the building that now houses Tsunami Electronics and Uncle Jesse's Place. Nagamine Photo Studio was adjacent to Daddy's office and both families had a take-your-child-to-work policy, so Rick Shimomura and I shared many small kid hours together. Of course, he was Ricky back then, and I was Sa-chan (still am, to family). I wonder if he knew then that he would eventually assume the family business, which, by the way, is now in its 80th year. I know my dad hoped that I would someday take over his dental practice. I guess it's telling that I was drawn to the props and sets in Ricky's family studio instead. I especially loved the staircase that led to nowhere; I imagined all sorts of happy places at the end of those steps.