VEGGING OUT…It is near the summer solstice as I compose this, and our classmates are quite busy vegging now that most have retired. Jean (Hoffmann) ’66 and Neil Clipsham “are trying to get to the task of weeding and planting Vegetable Garden 2013,” but Neil’s “preferred wood-shop projects keep getting in the way” [ahem]. They are planning a big “do-dah” on Waikiki for their 50th next year and have booked four cabins on the Pride of America for family and grandkids. * Also vegging is Jane Patterson Paxton, who says, “This summer I am on the Kennebec County Garden Club’s garden tour.” She’s now “semi-retired” from Maine Medical Center. She is anticipating a visit from Bryan Harrison Curd. “Bryan has an artist’s eye.” Your correspondent wonders if any weeds will be pulled when that pair gets going. * John Carnochan and Lois celebrated their 45th in August 2012. He has retired from the pension actuarial field. Lois “sort of retired from the College of New Rochelle” in 2012—she still teaches a course or two. John keeps busy as the treasurer of his church. * “70! Still have my teaching chops,” advises Dave Fearon Sr. He wants to keep at it until he reaches 50 years as a professor of management at Central Connecticut State University in 2015. He “teaches about ‘change’ but shudders at the prospect of doing something different” [ahem, ahem]. I suspect our classmate has missed several chapters in his own text. He has added “Sr.” to his name—a change from his ’65 Oracle listing. * Thanks and congratulations to Bill Oates on completing eight years on the Colby Board of Trustees. He joins John Cornell and Nancy Greer Weiland in board member emeritus status. Bill says, “I leave with renewed respect for Colby, its mission, direction, its management.” Bill continues as president of Northeast Investment Management in Boston. He will now have more time for his perennial garden. Y Your correspondent had a fun three-week look at Vietnam after completing his final tax season at H&R Block. I was not in the service, and this trip gave me a new perspective on the places once familiar to many of our classmates. I have more travel plans in the works now that more time will be available for such vegging out. Hail, Colby, Hail.