Monday is probably the worst day of the week for a birthday. But even though I left it very late to check in with my compadres, we did go out to a restaurant for a bite and a beer. The place is in the Madrona neighborhood, called St Cloud and bills itself as ‘contemporary comfort food in an urban neighborhood setting’. On the way in we spotted a distinguished guest inside the restaurant : our congressman Jim McDermott. We sat outside on a deck in what looked like a house’s back yard. I had the garlic-fried chicken with mashed potato and broccoli (very good) and a white Belgian beer.