January 5, 2002

Well, we are all back from New York City, been to our bands year end party in Caledonia and are back home in our respective countries now. I wrote the January 2nd update and didn’t get a chance to post it so here it is now. I am going to be away in South Carolina for a week at least (no definite plans yet) so don’t be looking for any updates for a little while. Sorry but it is really hard to get an update written when you are out of town.

Canadian FlagWe are happy that our Canadian contingency was able to spend the entire last week hanging with the Llamas. Miranda and Natalie have both arrived safely back in Canada today after an exciting week in New York. The Canadians, Loopy, Josh and myself went to New York City on January 3rd and 4th. Natalie has gotten impatient about me getting the Bios section up and running so she has made her own page to use until then. So now you can look her up here. I will make up a special page to tell all about our trip to NYC and show all of our pictures when I make it back home. I am in a hurry to get this done tonight since it is already 1:00 am and I have ten hours of driving tomorrow in addition to having to pack and then work all night after driving and then drive another nine hours after that. It is going to be a long week, let me tell you!

Last night, Loopy, Josh, Natalie, Dominica, Miranda and I all made it out to the Kelley’s Heroes annual end of year party. We had a good time. Josh was lucky enough to be able to crash out there back home. The rest of us had to cut the evening short and drive long distances home. Too bad we are all getting so old! I haven’t heard from Anne in Belgium recently. She has been pretty busy, I am sure, with the holidays and changing host families and all. Hopefully we will get an update from her soon.

Dominica’s back has been hurting her again so she has been working her way through my movie collection again. The highlights of the day include The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain, Charade and Chocolate. Definitely the worst thing watched was Down to You, truly a pathetic movie. The rest are great. This was my first time seeing Chocolate and it was really good. There are a lot of really good people in it.

I should warn everyone that I decided to shave my head last weekend so all of the pictures taken of me this week have me without any hair. I was staying over at Josh’s place in Rochester and we were bored so we shaved my head. Everyone seems to like the look, though, so maybe I will stick with it for a while. That wasn’t the original idea but I kind of like the look too. I wasn’t going to mention anything before the New Year’s Party so that I could surprise everyone. But I have started to forget about it and it is such a drastically different look for me that it really catches everyone by surprise. Eric was laughing hysterically at me the other day at Jay’s Dinner in Rochester so I thought that I would mention it here to warn everyone.

I did get a chance to scan in a number on pictures from the party. The NYC pics will have to follow later; I don’t have that much time. I didn’t have a chance to get all of the party pics in either but there are some here so that everyone can be sure that they really are coming. Last year we had only a hand full of pictures by the time we put stuff up on the site. This year we did much better. Tim and I got pics with our digital cameras that I have not even had a chance to check out yet. Miranda has some pics that she is going to mail to me soon. All of the pictures that we have right now are all thanks to Natalie. These are our house copies that Natalie was nice enough to get for me from the one hour photo place in Rochester before she left town. So, be sure to spend some time coming back to visit to keep looking for new pictures. I know that these are a highlight for everyone to get to see what is happening out here. Also, I managed to get a new addition into the Funny section a week ago and I forgot to mention it. So take a look there too.

Look for a big update when I return from the South. Whenever that might be. One week. Two weeks. Who knows.

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