On Thursday Kathie and I began our 4-day whirlwind visit with friends and family “up north”. We drove up to Manhattan to visit with Marc and Shannon, and had an all-around great time chatting and eating till we couldn’t eat any more. Marc blames Rosh Hashanah but I suspect there’d be plenty of food either way. Friday we headed upstate to see Kris and Jen, and their 3.9 kids — Zoe, Ellie, Aaron, and making his debut “any day now”, Campbell. The kids were a blast, and the parents weren’t too bad either :-). Saturday we hopped down to Long Island to visit my brother Bob, Amy, and their cats. Mo took a liking to Kathie and she brushed him for hours while he purred in her lap. We had hoped to go for a sail in their boat, but the weather was not cooperating. Instead we ate some good Long Island pizza and garlic knots and caught up on each other’s lives. Finally, on Sunday the four of us drove up to Stony Brook to meet Dad and Rose for brunch… little did we know, my brother Gary, sister-in-law Dee, and nephew Silas drove down from New Hampshire and took the ferry across the Long Island sound to join us for brunch! We ate and talked for a few hours, but unfortunately, time passed quickly and before long we needed to get in the car to start our long drive home. It was great to see so many friends and family that we haven’t seen in a long time, and I’m hoping we’ll be able to do something like this more often in the future.