I was in Atlanta in 2005 to give a paper at the Asian American Studies conference. Again, press releases allowed the local Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) to know of my visit and they invited me to speak at their dinner. The event was almost a total disaster because the event started about an hour late due to problems with the restaurant not realizing that 100 guests were coming. So, I wisely chopped my prepared talk to 15 mins in view of the late hour, but the Q & A surprisingly went for an hour. This informality played to my abilities honed from years of college teaching to 'work the audience.' Afterwards, I got 2 more invites to come back to Atlanta the next month, one to give a Keynote Address to a black tie dinner gala for Who's Who in Asian Americans in Georgia and to give a talk about Southern Fried Rice to the local chapter of National Association of Asian American Professionals. Both of these opportunities just fell into my lap, and I decided to accept the challenges, and they both went very well.