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29045. bhelpuri - 2/28/2018 8:17:58 AM

greetings, old friends! another year goes by and it is nice to see the lights still on in this place.

29046. bhelpuri - 2/28/2018 8:22:22 AM

being a father is fun! best thing I've ever done, probably. my oldest (now 18) is away at boarding school in the mountains, and I miss him terribly, while spending considerable amounts of my everydays with his younger brothers (14, 10). its all so rewarding + meaningful...

29047. arkymalarky - 2/28/2018 4:58:03 PM

Hey Bhel! Good to know you're still doing well, and can't believe your oldest is 18 now! But the most fun thing in the world is being grandma just sayin

29048. Ms. No - 3/2/2018 6:22:22 PM

How great to see you! 18??? Are you sure? I know I don't feel 18 years older, and I remember when he was born.

My oldest nephew - the Claw - will also be 18 this year. I'm still letting my brother do all the child-rearing. He's best-suited and I'm just not that brave. His youngest (of four) just turned two this past December, and this one is the only one that seems to be aging at the right speed. I think it's because I get to see him more often, so he doesn't change quite so drastically from visit to visit as his siblings did.

29049. bhelpuri - 3/6/2018 2:33:17 PM

Arky - I don't doubt grandparenthood is tops. Congratulations!

No - 18 it is. I think I've been in touch with this forum's members for around 22 years now! that's rather a long time...

29050. winstonsmith - 3/7/2018 8:50:54 PM

Hello all,

My twins are 17 years old and it is both saddening and exciting to help them plan their migration from our home to college. It is also daunting WRT the cost! Oy, I hope they can make the most of it.

29051. Ms. No - 3/8/2018 1:12:10 AM

behl - yes, 22 years is nearly half a lifetime...or maybe exactly half a lifetime for either you or Jen if I remember correctly.

Winston - good to see you! How far from home will they be?

29052. winstonsmith - 3/8/2018 9:04:33 AM

Thanks Ms No,

We donít know yet. We are in Portland OR and they could end up on the east coast or somewhere in-state. It will be an exiting time for them. I expect they will go to different schools since their interests are different.

29053. Ms. No - 3/8/2018 7:31:43 PM

My nephew is probably going to Nothern Colorado.

He was looking at Idaho -- he likes the wide open spaces because of time spent in Wyoming with his grandparents -- but I think he was a little put off by the lack of diversity and the prospect of being a little blue dot in a sea of red.

29054. winstonsmith - 3/9/2018 3:29:01 AM

Ms No, you previously mentioned that the country needs an enema. I'm hoping that in 2020, Trump gets squeezed out the backside of America.

29055. Ms. No - 3/9/2018 10:56:41 PM


29056. bhelpuri - 3/14/2018 3:47:42 PM

No - I turned 50 this last month. hard (for me) to believe, but there you have it. the days in 1995 (I think) when some of us first came online together feel like several lifetimes past, not just half of one.

Winston - my oldest is a high school junior, and we too are now preparing to let go. In our case he will almost certainly be leaving the country which is quite tough to consider...good luck with your double bet!

29057. bhelpuri - 3/14/2018 3:48:13 PM

I wager AC is a grandpapa at this point!

29058. Ms. No - 3/14/2018 6:07:29 PM

Happy belated! I get my half-century next year, but I agree on all fronts that I neither feel remotely old enough to be that old AND that '95 seems a million years ago.

29059. winstonsmith - 3/14/2018 9:12:39 PM

Thanks Bhel, good luck to you too. The move to another country will be a added challenge but perhaps give you the opportunity to go and visit.

29060. winstonsmith - 3/14/2018 9:20:35 PM

I can't recall what year I joined The Fray. I recall that they sent me an umbrella so it was whenever it was that they were doing that.

29061. bhelpuri - 3/15/2018 11:24:05 AM

The umbrella was probably 97, when (the late) Irving Snodgrass was secretly FrayVader. Over 20 years ago!

29062. winstonsmith - 3/15/2018 7:44:23 PM

Thanks bhel, that sounds about right.

29063. Ms. No - 3/16/2018 6:01:40 PM

I just remember the first conversation I joined --- it was about the four kids in Florida who stole a stop sign and then there was a fatal car accident.

29064. arkymalarky - 3/17/2018 10:23:03 AM

I posted to correct rubber ducky, whatever his ID was at the time I forget, when he abbreviated Arkansas AK. They were all arguing about how evil Bill Clinton was.

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