more holiday get togethers. some of my nicest friends since high school: (r-l) christie, cynthia (whose youngest is my godson, poor child), and joy (here with daughter nikki). they dropped by my parents' house when they learned (thanks, eric!) that i was gonna be there this holiday season. last time i saw cyntch and christie was at eric's wedding last july, last time i saw joy before this was probably high school graduation day. she seems a lot more down-to-earth now, and happier. she has this spiel, poking fun on herself by saying that she breezed through high school because two of our senior year teachers just happened to be her parents. first time she did it i searched her face for any indication that she might be looking at how someone reacts to this (if only to see if the intended audience agrees with the statement or not), then decided she really was doing this just for comic effects.