I found my favorite pipe yesterday. it’s been missing for at least six years, since before we moved into our first house. it’s also the first xmas present Renee gave me. it’s like…almost 10 years since our first date (7-4-92), 5 years since Ray was born (7-4-98), and here it is, looking at me and reminding me of why I love her so much, since at the time it was (and really still is) the best xmas present ever. because she knew exactly what I wanted and worked extra hard to get it for me.