I first met Tamara Lush - Tam to her friends - over 5 years ago.
She was a reporter at the St. Petersburg Times and she came down to Miami Beach to do one of those only in Miami stories.
I was assigned to shoot the pictures.
We've been friends ever since.
Tam moved to Miami a few years ago and worked as a staff writer at Miami New Times.
Then she joined the AP and shook things up.
When South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford decided it was time to come clean, Tamara gave him a shoulder to cry on...while keeping her tape recorder running!
And Tam is one of those friends who will do any thing for you.
Tam's also one of the most talented writers I've ever met. Along the way she attempted to teach me a few things about writing; which, to her, must have been like trying to teach a fish how to ride a bicycle.
But all good things must come to an end.
Tamara posted this on her Facebook page a few minutes ago.
"Tamara Lush has some exciting news! After five years of living in Miami, Marco and I are moving back to the Tampa Bay area in December. I am going to be working out of the AP office there. The Florida adventure continues!