Jim DuPlessis (left), Natasha Chilingerian and Marc Rapport meet at Bourbon.

One of the strangest experiences in life is returning to a place – one where you made significant memories, formed meaningful relationships, and endured ups and downs – after a long period of time and remembering moments you may have otherwise kept buried forever.

I had this experience last month during a nine-day trip to Columbia, S.C., where I lived from 2007 to 2010 and hadn’t visited for seven years, to visit my aunt and uncle who moved there two years ago from San Francisco to enjoy a low-key retirement. The bizarreness of the situation really hit me when I walked into one of the local bars I used to frequent, The Whig, with my old roommate and suddenly felt familiar with every square foot of the place, down to each piece of animal skull wall art.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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