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Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Well, exciting times here at Port Swiller Manor, as the Elder Gels made the big trip out to Indiana yesterday to get themselves settled in ahead of school. Mrs. R went along to help. I’d have liked to have gone as well, but I have too much work this week. (Mrs. R doesn’t really believe this and thinks I just wanted to weasel out of the drive, but it’s true.)

Eldest called to check in from Morgantown, WV. She’s been everywhere from Maine to Florida but never very far off the coast or beyond the Piedmont. To her, Maryland had always meant Montgomery County or Baltimore, and she was practically giddy with delight over how pretty the western part of the state actually is. (And it is, too.) She checked in later from west of Columbus, also enthusiastic about the openness of the country there.

Heh. When Ol’ Robbo goes on about such things, people’s eyes tend to glaze over. It’s nice that somebody else is actually paying attention now.

As I say, I’d like to be there to see the Gels get settled into their new digs (they’re not going to be roommates – Middle Gel was emphatic about that) and into their new lives. I’ve an idea it’s going to be most eye-opening.

You know what else is eye-opening? The realization that Mrs. R and I are now empty-nesters. (Eldest graduated from college two years ago but has been living and working at home due to the uncertainties generated by the WuFlu panic.) Now what?

I guess we shall see.

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