Hi classmates. Okay, my first order of business is an embarrassing correction. Bruce Dalbeck married Chris Bennett, head of the pediatrics department at Intermed in Portland, Maine. But last issue I wrote her name as Barrett, which is even more inexcusable since I attended the wedding. (But she looks like a Barrett, I swear!) Bruce is a former management consultant experiencing a welcome midlife crisis and switching to work with older folks through caregiving, hospice, and companionship. (Likely I will be among his first customers.) * Brad Fay’s first book, The Face to Face Book, will be published by Simon & Schuster’s Free Press imprint in May, just one week prior to our 25th reunion, where he’ll do a book signing and lecture. Copies will even be available in Colby’s bookstore. Written with his longtime business partner, Ed Keller, it’s a contrarian perspective for the social media age. Says Brad, “face-to-face interactions matter most, which is a pretty good reason to attend this year’s reunion.” (Plus the free cheese platter.) * From loyal writer Jeff Russell, “2011 was an interesting year. You know, the usual adventures. I got eliminated, again, from a corporate job. My Subaru died at mile marker 13. My beloved Dad died. My dear father-in-law died. I got pneumonia. My son flunked chemistry. The bank account flat-lined. Other than that it wasn’t too bad. It was a fabulous summer at the lake and the fall flying was terrific. Onward into 2012. My new company is up and running. I put a new engine in the car. Both of my lungs healed nicely. I didn’t crash anything. Junior is now taking creative writing. I peeked at my bank account this morning. [So did I, Jeff. Hope that’s cool.] In short, I suspect that my year actually resembles a lot of our situations as we slide gently into middle age. Fortunately, our liberal arts education has prepared us well to navigate constant change in a thoughtful, enlightened manner with a big smile on our faces.” [It did? Dang, I must have skipped that class.] * The lovely and always-articulate Karen Schneck writes, “Several years ago I left my successful, albeit relatively brief, career in real estate to return to the restaurant industry. Nearly two decades had been spent putting my philosophy degree to use as a bread baker/pastry chef, obtaining a degree from the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, N.Y., and in restaurant kitchens in and around NYC. [Where some rats are so big they actually wait tables.] Then, two years ago, I finally caught up with my entrepreneurial spirit, and my husband and I opened The Village Market and Bakery/Omnivore Catered Events in the Hudson Valley. [In case you’re wondering, omnivore means people who eat all vores.] We have an incredible 13-year-old son and are grateful for our self-determined life in the woods. I think of my Colby days fondly and my dearest friends remain those that I met during the years spent in Waterville. The icing on the cake is that my awesome niece just applied for Colby Class of 2016. Who knows what will happen if she’s accepted at both Bowdoin and Colby! [She will pick Colby is what will happen, Karen.] Either way it seems Maine will figure in her future.” * Ad man Andrew Jeske is “still living north of N.Y. in the Westchester ‘burbs. Naomi, Ben, and Sam, otherwise known as Tall, Grande, and Vente, are just swell and, respectively, 4, 7, and 12. Our most-recent thrill was last year’s summer vacation in Italy and Morocco. [Neither country will ever be the same.] I’m a creative director at Young & Rubicam in N.Y. and, while the life of a mad man is certainly not the life of a Mad Man, all’s well.” (I’m glad, man.) * See you all at reunion in June. Hopefully the bathrooms in Foss will still have that post-weekend feel.