Not much news this quarter, and I’m hoping it’s because the holidays were right around the corner and not because everyone was still cleaning up from Superstorm Sandy. To those classmates who were affected, we send our best wishes for a speedy recovery. Along those lines, Dahl Hansen wrote from Phoenix, Ariz., where he’s regional VP for Olympus Financial Advisors, LLC: “No hurricanes here in Arizona. Homes are cheap, if Sandy was the last straw. Slower pace than Florida.” * Leslie Mitchell and daughter Ainsley have been in Jupiter, Fla., since late 2011, when they moved to be closer to Leslie’s parents. Ainsley attends the Benjamin School, which has been one of the highlights of the move south. Leslie, Ainsley, and Leslie’s mom had just been visiting NYC a week before the storm hit, but as of her note they were back in Florida packing boxes of clothes to send to the storm victims. * Geoff Becker and the band Pearl played for Colby’s bicentennial ball in October. He reports that they managed to keep 500-plus college kids dancing until way past midnight down at the gymnasium (which had been turned into a South Beach-style nightclub including art deco sofas, Lucite chairs and tables, and a couple of thousand black and white Mylar balloons). The band’s after-party was only slightly hampered by the fact that you can’t buy beer in Maine after 1 a.m. and they had to make do with an assortment of Gatorade, Pringles, and lobster bisque-flavored potato chips. Colby ingenuity at its best! * Linda Alter’s 3-year-old twin girls are talking up a storm and entering preschool this year. Linda is back in business sales for a company that maintains backup power equipment (you don’t want to be stuck in an MRI or CT scan machine if there is a power outage). She travels several times a year and was recently in San Francisco, where she saw Leah Maher ’82 and Amy Butcher. * Bob Bower and wife Nancy are proud Colby parents of Maggie ’15, now a sophomore and living in the Tau Delt house (Grossman). Maggie is good friends with Lizzie “Woody” (of course) Woodbury ’15, the daughter of Bob’s DU brother Bob Woodbury ’78. The highlight for Bob is Maggie’s report that “stackage” is back! * Erin Ireton Elliott’s daughter is a happy Wesleyan freshman. Erin and her family will begin construction on a new home in Rhode Island this spring. They still live in CA but enjoy spending summers in New England. * Pam Haury Cunningham lives in Braintree, Mass. In 2007 she started a second career as a financial advisor and joined the independent financial planning and asset management firm Marino, Stram & Associates, LLC. This year, she completed two and a half years of coursework at BU and passed the CFP®—a grueling experience! She’s now a Certified Financial Planning Practitioner ™ and loves working with individuals and small businesses to plan and manage their financial futures. * Liz Beach Fitzpatrick decided that September’s DNC in Charlotte, N.C., was a good reason to get out of town and head north. I received an impromptu phone call from Liz, Kate Searles Fraser, and Gay Shanahan, who all performed a stirring rendition of the “Chicken Song” (brilliantly performed by Kate and me at freshman year’s Gong Show, if anyone recalls) from their restaurant in Boston. They all three wanted to make sure that I reported that their families are wonderful and their children are perfect (one would expect no less!). * Mark Garvin e-mailed me a photo of his oldest, Jennifer, who was spending the fall away from Skidmore in the jungles of Panama before she heads to New Zealand for spring semester. * Amy Butcher and I were both in Seattle at the same time this October and were treated to a great home-cooked meal at Rachel Lavengood’s house. Amy and I hadn’t seen each other since Colby but managed to get together for dinner a week later when I was working in San Francisco. * Though it’s only November as I write, the holidays will have come and gone by the time this column reaches you. I’ll close by saying that I hope 2013 brings nothing but the best to the Class of ’80.