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  1. It's good to be back (407 words)



1. It's good to be back: 11:47

I still hate travelling by myself (especially when I can't drown out distractions with music), but welcomes like this make it worth it. My dad, mom and sister were all busy, but Ranulf and Marcelle met me at the airport. They waited for three hours in the muggy airport. That's love!

It was good catching up with them over lunch. Ranulf's been keeping a relatively low profile, but has been doing a lot to organize local computer science teachers and promote game design. Marcelle's going through some work difficulties right now, and I hope he sorts that out soon.

I napped for the rest of the afternoon, and woke up when Mario and Diane arrived. Mario told me stories of his misadventures. In a fit of anger and frustration, he had thrown his shoe at a wall, dislocating his right shoulder in the process. Wall 1, Mario 0. He was rushed to the hospital, where they pumped him so full of painkillers that he was floating and making vague threats about biting people if he could actually move. Ah, the poor guy.

Diane was nervous about Saturday, when Mark's parents will formally ask her parents for her hand in marriage. Tradition dictates that everything be prepared (so no takeout!), and her mother doesn't want to cook, so Diane's going to do all of it after she comes home from work. I'm very happy for her, and I look forward to catching up with her and Kendra this Sunday.

And of course, it was wonderful seeing my family again. My sister's floating—floating!—because her John is in town. He's cool, and it's great to see them joking around. My dad has a midnight shoot at Rockwell, but I'm sure I'll get a chance to catch up with him soon. And my mom's doing well, too. She told stories about the feedback she gave on photography certification, which I should write about soon. I was surprised to see The Secret on her bedside reading pile (the thing gives me the heebiejeebies) but it's good to know that she's reading it with a grain of salt.

Should sort out my schedule for the next few. Friday lunch is spoken for, and Sunday's the only day I can catch Kendra. Hmm...

Anyway, it's good to be back.

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