Well, helllloooo darlings! Have we got surprise entrants in the news cycle here at ’83 Central, starting with my pre-Christmas greeting from none other than the incomparable Peter Ruggles! The message was such a delight that we immediately scheduled a beer summit on the border of our home states. It was an epic three-hour lunch. Pete is living in Connecticut’s storied Candlewood Lake community with his wife and three boys, two of whom are college students, with several lacrosse players in the mix. Pete, who is the opening personality of Chapter 20 in The Long Haul, the rollicking memoir of former Colby student and long-haul truck driver Finn Murphy, heads operations for Joyce Van Lines. Very cool to have Ruggs take on one of the foundational industries of our economy, and also cool to share our paths to now. For all my former Foss fans, Ruggs also put me in touch with Mark Cote ’84, with whom I hoped to beer summit in March. * Kelly Dodge wrote that he moved to Keene, N.H., in 2015, retired in 2016, and married in 2018. Okay, this is not the usual order of life, but he’s definitely loving retirement. He also shared that he’s been spending a lot of time on his bucket list of traveling, volunteering, and gardening. And hiking. He writes, “Last summer my goal was to hike NH’s 10 highest mountains. I completed those and eight more and am now on my way to complete all 48 over 4,000 feet. My wife and I are going to Puerto Rico [over the 2019] winter with high school members from the local Rotary Interact group and will rehab some homes damaged by Hurricane Maria.” * Northeast ALERT: John Northrop has darkened our shores, finally able to move back from Texas to … his birthplace of Lisbon, N.H.! Our man is back on the slopes on the days when the Polar Vortex does not dim skier enthusiasm and drive commerce inside. Having left his long stint with BP, John is back on the market, once ski season is over (because … priorities!). John writes, poetically: “Gonna miss Texas, believe it or not, but really happy to be back in the mountains. Happy as I bask in the beauty of the White Mountains, the snow, the mountains, the three new microbreweries within 10 miles of home, and the new, improved quality of life. I’m enjoying the kids’ sports—soccer, skiing, and hoops for Addy, and base/softball this summer. Twenty minutes away is Cannon Mountain, where I have a NH resident all-days ski pass. The kids walk to school, and all my siblings are in the same state again!” * I heard that Chip Kelley was named Maine market president for KeyBank on top of his already big role as commercial sales lender for Maine, N.H., and eastern Massachusetts. Next time you’re passing through Portland, you can find Chip on Franklin Street. Congratulations from here!