Leave it to the Boston Red Sox to go from worst to first to worst. Mark Bloom gives his perspective: “Twenty years ago, in 1994, the Red Sox were about as bad as they were this year. However, the bigger baseball news was the players’ strike, canceling the World Series for the first time since 1904. The bigger personal news that year was my marriage to Deborah Gibson. We got married in a small, original, unorthodox ceremony on New Year’s Eve. Despite the strike, my bride, in her vows, promised to attend at least four games a year with me. Now that we live in Asheville, N.C., we go to minor league games and love it. And this New Year’s Eve marks our 20th anniversary. That’s a lot of baseball—and love!” * Twenty for Boomer and also for Phil Hough, who in April married his longtime partner, Deb Hunsicker, in a very small ceremony with just family and two close friends. “After 20 years together we figured it was time.” * No baseball love for Tom Betro, who broke out his Patriots cap in early July, put his Red Sox cap in the closet, and canceled his MLB.tv subscription. * Victor and Ginny Bufford’s youngest daughter, Veronica, started her senior year at Colby. Following in her mom’s footsteps, Veronica completed a semester at the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program. Middle daughter Valerie ’13 began the accelerated nursing program at Johns Hopkins, where she will complete a second bachelor’s degree in 13 months. Son V.J. ’11 is an economist for Compass Lexecon and recently relocated to Denver. Ginny has her own business providing administrative support virtually throughout the United States. Victor manages sales and marketing for PAR Springer-Miller Systems, a supplier of software to the global hotel and spa industries. He created a Class of 1981 Facebook group, facebook.com/groups/colbycollege1981. * Gary “Grog” Rogers writes that after 33 years, fellow Dekes got together when he and wife Linda were en route to see Colby’s art museum and campus renovations and stopped in Portland to visit Joel Harris and his wife, Talie. See a great photo of Grog and Joel on the Colby alumni “Stay Connected” page.