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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.

Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha has served as an editor for CU Times since March 2015. She also served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta FCU) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer for more than 16 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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