Well, I've been gone for a few days. Flew up to ole CGA for homecoming and my class's 5-year reunion. The Coast Guard Academy grounds look great! There's some work going on in Chase Hall and some small, but obvious changes within Chase Hall. My old day room has moved. My room was locked because contractors were using it to store their equipment. The new E Annex of Chase was just perfect. Nice shiny decks in cadet rooms. I was a little disturbed the term "Pebble Beach" apparently is not used anymore. Friday night a number of my classmates met at a local bar on Bank Street. You would think after 5 years SOME things would change, but, with the exception of wives, fiancees or babies, everyone was pretty much exactly the same. Told stories from 9 years ago, laughed, hug, etc. It was a good night. The next morning I braved the hills of the Coast Guard Academy for a 2.1 mile fun run at 8 a.m. My legs appreciated it, but the drink I had the night before did not. It was however a good way to wake up. Met up with my classmates after having a tour of Chase (as I described above). I also ran into a number of members of classes well ahead of mine that I knew. We started our tailgate near Dimick Hall at 11 a.m. Good food and a great job by my classmates that organized everything. We graduated with around 205 classmates in 2006. We had probably between 45-50 show up. Not too bad considering some are in school, some are on ships or flying, or some are on the other side of the country. The Coast Guard Academy Bears absolutely OWNED Mass. Maritime 61-30. That number was especially sweet because CGA class of '61 was celebrating their big 50 year reunion. It was great to be there. The cadets did a very good job interacting with the alumni. I found myself describing where things were "when I was a cadet". I had my 1908 Tide Rips, which I showed to a member of the class of 1947. He looked through it, pointed to the picture of James Pine and said "James Pine! He was the superintendent when I was a cadet." SMALL WORLD! While things had changed at CGA, they changed for the better, and there have been some great improvements, in just 5 years. It was great being with my classmates again and telling stories, including the ones that would have gotten us in trouble 5 years ago. And, in the end, it did feel like "coming home"! GO BEARS!