Happy 200th birthday to Colby! I hope you all celebrated, as I did, by trying unsuccessfully to convince your offspring to wear Colby T-shirts to school. * In the category of “I never get invited to anything,” Kevin Powers reports that he and a group of friends—Brian Batting, Byrne Decker, Peter Reed, Pat Hanssen, Jon MacBride, Scott Allen ’90, Chris Connelly ’90, and Eric Albano ’92—have been getting together every fall since 1997 to go to a college football game. This past October they were in Madison (which, I note, is only a few hours from where I, a big college football fan, live), and next year they’ll be watching the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. If you come up to Minneapolis, Kevin, you guys had better look me up. * At least Kaari Busick has a good excuse for not visiting. She moved from Chicago to Juneau, Alaska, in January and is working for the state of Alaska. Kaari reminded me that next summer (2014) is our 25th reunion. Scary! * Nancy Spellman was laid off in October, but by the time the layoff took effect she had lined up a new job, working as a graphic designer for Nutiva, a producer of organic, sustainable food products. Life is good. * Lane Wilkinson also has a new job—as product line manager at Classic Accessories. Lane and his wife live in Seattle, and Lane continues to race bicycles and cross-country ski, and he has taken up ski jumping. Lane recently ran into Will Spiess in Seattle, and they’re planning a get-together with other Seattle-area 1989ers. * I don’t know whether Tracy Gionfriddo will have dug herself out of her new house in Wethersfield, Conn., by the time this is published. From the look of the snow piles in the pics she sent me, after what I like to call the Birthday Blizzard (my birthday is Feb. 8—write it on your calendars!), she may be housebound until spring. You folks on the East Coast can blame Tracy for the storm; she thought about buying a snow blower when she bought the new house but decided she wouldn’t need one. * We have more than one budding politician in our midst: Carolyn Lockwood was elected as a city councilor in Bath, Maine. (Yes, Carolyn, that certainly does count as news!) * Dave and Cindy Cohen Fernandez and two of their daughters were on the Garden State Parkway in Jersey when they ran into Bill Thayer. (I’m hoping they were at a rest area and didn’t actually crash.) Bill is in the fashion business, something many of us might find ironic. According to Dave, Bill tries to get his daughter to come with him on business trips, but she won’t because she doesn’t want to miss school. Bill’s attitude is that “school is just a speed bump on the road of life; don’t take it too seriously.” Now that sounds like the Bill Thayer I know. * Diane Pearce Kew insists on making me feel old by telling me that she and David ’90 have been married 22 years and that their older child is in high school and the younger one isn’t far behind. Diane teaches high school English in the Lewiston, Maine, school system, so she works near Bates and lives near Bowdoin, in Brunswick. I hope you wear Colby gear nonstop! They recently bought a camp on East Pond in Oakland, so they have visited Colby a few times. I’m still waiting for my invitation to the summer house. * Diane did tell me I should write more about myself, but really, my life is pretty darn boring. Family, house, work, crazy border collie—you’ve all heard it a million times. But if you find yourself in Minnesota, I expect a call. And I hope to see you all June 5-8, 2014, at Colby!