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This website is now published on my mobileme account. Any opinions expressed, however, are totally my responsibility.

The original website was published through the courtesy of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Jim Andris, Sept. 17, 2003.

Merry Christmas 2007

Bah, humbug. There, I said it.

  • For a review of our year in pictures, see this Mac Web Gallery.
  • Retirement is easier than working for a living.
  • We have entertainment galore, bridge, play reading, theatre, symphony, opera, summer concerts, yaddah, yah, yah.
  • I became disillusioned with blogging, since nobody read my blog. Now I'm looking into podcasting. I'm starting a genealogy podcast called The Family Five.
  • Earlier in the year, I experimented with off-line and online simulation games (Sims 2 and Second Life).
  • Read some neat new books (science fiction) including Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson and Necromancer by William Gibson on the future of life with the internet.
  • I'm doing tai chi again, along with walking, stretching exercise, and meditation.
  • Mom is 94. I helped her celebrate. (See web gallery for pic.)
  • I'm getting off the Vestry and the Friends of Scott Joplin Board.
  • Adam and Jessica have a son, Ayden, and a daughter, Analiese, now.
  • We spent a week near Cosumel with Stephanie, Dawn, Alexander and Dawn's inlaws. It was hot, but fun. Alexander is adorable. We also spent Thanksgiving with them in Boston.
  • I completed a year of studying French in May, and began studying Spanish in September.
  • Stephen had a knee replacement August 6, and will have the other one replaced on January 16. He is doing well.
  • Stephen is still enjoying performing in the River City Pops and in the Trinity Choir. I also accompanied him on piano in his two recitals this year.
  • I have formed a musical duo with a female pop/jazz singer named Heidi.
  • Still playing ragtime with the Rascals at Dressel's Cafe.

Come and visit, we have plenty of room and there is lots to do in Saint Louis. But call first.

Jim and Stephen, December, 2007.