2013 started off with a blast quite literally for some members of the Class of ’09 who found themselves in the land of Fire and Ice. Despite the odds, Brett Guenther, Brandon Kessler, Gustaf Lonaeus, and Alex Clegg ’08 survived and returned to Washington, D.C., where they reside. Gustaf, between intensive ab workouts and sailing adventures, finds himself frequently in Vegas at various home security and surveillance trade shows. Brandon, with his everlasting love for edamame, has done quite well in the political advertisement arena. If you missed his cameos this election cycle, stay tuned for the 2014 midterms. Brett, when he isn’t working intensively or vibing to EDM, makes frequent trips to D.C., during which he has seen many Colby alums, including Evan Footer, Brian Lynch, Dan Roboff, John Wagner, and Greg Zartarian. Highlights in D.C. include Evan winning a regional tennis championship, Dan winning every game of Words with Friends (thanks to turtle power points), Greg sporting a personalized koozie sourced from his summer sailing adventure in Croatia, John splitting time between his legal studies and trips to Dangerously Delicious, and Brian saving lives, one day at a time. Brian Huntington brought sub-zero temperatures all the way from Boston during his visit. They expected nothing less. * Olivia Bordiuk relocated to D.C., where she has continued her domination of Settlers, even against the distinguished competition of Patrick Roche. * Sommer Engels and Sarah Whitfield, having officially finished their graduate studies, have also been spotted out and about in D.C. Meanwhile, Sam ’08 and Julia Bacon Fabens keep Colby tradition alive in righteous style on Capitol Hill with the help of many, including Annie Feutz ’08, Wally Sedgewick ’08, Matthew Warshaw ’08, and the occasional visit from Queens district leader Rebecca Lynch. * Harry Goldstein is based in Hong Kong and has been traveling quite a bit in Asia for both work and pleasure. Most recently, he returned from Japan (Tokyo and Kyoto) for the Chinese New Year holiday, which was fantastic. He encourages any Mules who may be in or traveling through the region to reach out, as he’d love to host them. * Chelsea Eakin, Byron Meinerth, and Suzanne Merkelson took part in some shenanigans in Nanjing, China. * Laura Bisbee is serving in the Peace Corps as an English teacher and English teacher trainer on the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua. Colby alumni are welcome to visit! * Lisa Portis will attend the graduate physical therapy program at the University of Rhode Island starting this spring, which means that she’ll be hanging around R.I. for (at least) another three years.* Kat Brzozowski is associate editor at Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press. She’s editing a book by the creative director of Elle magazine, Joe Zee. * Menya Hinga started his own fitness company in Tokyo, Japan, and just recently finished the website Fit For All (fitforall.jp/). In the “Philosophy” section of the website, there’s an article written by fellow Colbyite Raleigh Werner ’11. * Scott Zeller and Ben Goldenberg ran the Philly Marathon in November. They lucked out with the weather, which was beautiful. It was Ben’s first-ever marathon, and Scott had his best time yet. * Nikki Crocker is getting her M.S. in geology at the University of Houston. She’s working as a TA as she goes to school. This Christmas she got engaged to a native Houstonian she met while obtaining an additional undergraduate degree. While they were visiting Nikki’s family for the holidays, he proposed on the beach where she spent her summers growing up. Her fiancé is earning his Ph.D. in structural geology.