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  • Holland, Mark
    Hello friends old and older, I m moving on from Pittsburgh and I thought I d update you all. Kristen and I got married at the end of May and bought a little
    Message 1 of 4 , Jul 30, 2004
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      Hello friends old and older, I'm moving on from Pittsburgh and I thought I'd
      update you all. Kristen and I got married at the end of May and bought a
      little house Providence, RI. She started residency there in June, and after
      a couple months of cleaning up loose ends at work I'm finally following
      tomorrow. Twelve years altogether in Pittsburgh, I never would have
      dreamed. Our place is five minutes from the train station and I'll be
      working for Panasas from home, so you all have no excuse not to come on out
      and visit.

      All the best to everyone,
      Mark
    • John Patten
      Dear family and friends, We are very happy to announce that Eriko is pregnant with our first child. For my part, while primarily overjoyed, I by secondary
      Message 2 of 4 , Jul 31, 2004
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        Dear family and friends,

        We are very happy to announce that Eriko is pregnant
        with our first child. For my part, while primarily
        overjoyed, I by secondary measure ran around the house
        singing like Homer Simpson, the �My boys can still
        swim song,� along with the accompanying dance.
        Woo-hoo! It was also a very nice experience to finally
        take one of those home pregnancy tests where it wasn�t
        like the craps table at Caesar�s, with breathy
        exhortations of �C�mon blue!� But I guess now daddy
        really does need a new pair of baby shoes. I also took
        the test as a control, although mine was negative and
        I was vaguely, but only momentarily disappointed.

        We plan to name the child �Buckwheat Tralfaz Rasta,�
        partly in memory of the dearly departed Rasta Bike, if
        it�s a boy, or �Clementine Mango Chutney,� after the
        very nice breakfast spread and some song I can�t get
        out of my head, for a precious little girl. If we are
        blessed with twins we will just call them �George
        Foreman 7 and 8,� (because 1-6 are taken), or maybe
        just �Pepsodent,� out of respect for billboard name
        choices by mothers in Africa, and because that�s where
        she was conceived. Or maybe just after each and every
        one of you, although that might be a bit long to
        eventually fit on a driver�s license.

        We hope the baby will be a little like the better part
        of each of us, but have to plan for the eventuality
        that it may actually be closer to, �Calvin and Hobbes
        destroy Tokyo.� Please make sure we have your updated
        phone numbers, in order that I may call you at 3 am
        and ask where the off switch is on this thing. If you
        have an address where I can get the current manuals or
        government pamphlets that would be helpful too.

        Seriously though, we really wanted this and are both
        very happy. I�m looking forward to putting in all my
        effort, time and nurture in order that the kid will be
        able to come up to me eighteen years from now to
        inform me what a moron I am, while using proper
        grammatical clauses. We�ll let you know how things
        progress and especially after the big day. We�re
        already going to see the Obstetrician at the hospital
        here, but Eriko has cut short her contract extension
        and will be back in Japan around January, much to my
        relief. When I first asked at reception if I could
        make an appointment with the Obstetrician for my wife,
        they said, �For her eyes?� I said, �Maybe if there�s
        time, but for right now let�s stick with the baby
        issue.�

        On a lighter note, I�m heading back to Afghanistan in
        a matter of weeks now for my new job. I hope to be
        with Eriko as the date gets closer and not pinned down
        by shelling in eastern Afghanistan. I had enough fun
        with that the last time, so have already put in my
        request for calm. Although, if I find Bin laden we can
        afford the really good Pampers and the Pokemon
        tippy-cups. I have absolutely no idea what I�m talking
        about. Please remember Eriko in your prayers, because
        frankly, I don�t know how y�all women do it.

        Love,

        John and Eriko




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      • Daniel Dudley
        You conceived the child under a Pepsodent billboard in Africa? How kinky. When we were deciding names for my kids, I kept throwing in Ujeni and Dzina . I
        Message 3 of 4 , Aug 1, 2004
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          You conceived the child under a Pepsodent billboard in Africa? How kinky.

          When we were deciding names for my kids, I kept throwing in "Ujeni" and
          "Dzina". I thought that those would have resulted in interesting
          expressions from people who said "What a beautiful name what does it mean?"

          Congratulations, enjoy the full nights of sleep now, because if your child
          is anything like mine, you will enjoy about 4 years of getting up almost
          every night for something.

          Dan Dudley


          >From: John Patten <jppatten98@...>
          >Reply-To: ujeni@yahoogroups.com
          >To: ujeni@yahoogroups.com
          >Subject: [ujeni] Big announcement for us
          >Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2004 01:29:52 -0700 (PDT)
          >
          >Dear family and friends,
          >
          >We are very happy to announce that Eriko is pregnant
          >with our first child. For my part, while primarily
          >overjoyed, I by secondary measure ran around the house
          >singing like Homer Simpson, the �My boys can still
          >swim song,� along with the accompanying dance.
          >Woo-hoo! It was also a very nice experience to finally
          >take one of those home pregnancy tests where it wasn�t
          >like the craps table at Caesar�s, with breathy
          >exhortations of �C�mon blue!� But I guess now daddy
          >really does need a new pair of baby shoes. I also took
          >the test as a control, although mine was negative and
          >I was vaguely, but only momentarily disappointed.
          >
          >We plan to name the child �Buckwheat Tralfaz Rasta,�
          >partly in memory of the dearly departed Rasta Bike, if
          >it�s a boy, or �Clementine Mango Chutney,� after the
          >very nice breakfast spread and some song I can�t get
          >out of my head, for a precious little girl. If we are
          >blessed with twins we will just call them �George
          >Foreman 7 and 8,� (because 1-6 are taken), or maybe
          >just �Pepsodent,� out of respect for billboard name
          >choices by mothers in Africa, and because that�s where
          >she was conceived. Or maybe just after each and every
          >one of you, although that might be a bit long to
          >eventually fit on a driver�s license.
          >
          >We hope the baby will be a little like the better part
          >of each of us, but have to plan for the eventuality
          >that it may actually be closer to, �Calvin and Hobbes
          >destroy Tokyo.� Please make sure we have your updated
          >phone numbers, in order that I may call you at 3 am
          >and ask where the off switch is on this thing. If you
          >have an address where I can get the current manuals or
          >government pamphlets that would be helpful too.
          >
          >Seriously though, we really wanted this and are both
          >very happy. I�m looking forward to putting in all my
          >effort, time and nurture in order that the kid will be
          >able to come up to me eighteen years from now to
          >inform me what a moron I am, while using proper
          >grammatical clauses. We�ll let you know how things
          >progress and especially after the big day. We�re
          >already going to see the Obstetrician at the hospital
          >here, but Eriko has cut short her contract extension
          >and will be back in Japan around January, much to my
          >relief. When I first asked at reception if I could
          >make an appointment with the Obstetrician for my wife,
          >they said, �For her eyes?� I said, �Maybe if there�s
          >time, but for right now let�s stick with the baby
          >issue.�
          >
          >On a lighter note, I�m heading back to Afghanistan in
          >a matter of weeks now for my new job. I hope to be
          >with Eriko as the date gets closer and not pinned down
          >by shelling in eastern Afghanistan. I had enough fun
          >with that the last time, so have already put in my
          >request for calm. Although, if I find Bin laden we can
          >afford the really good Pampers and the Pokemon
          >tippy-cups. I have absolutely no idea what I�m talking
          >about. Please remember Eriko in your prayers, because
          >frankly, I don�t know how y�all women do it.
          >
          >Love,
          >
          >John and Eriko
          >
          >
          >
          >
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        • Paul DEVER
          Somehow the irony of getting his wife pregnant and then leaving her for Afghanistan gives me the distinct impression that John knows exactly what he is in for
          Message 4 of 4 , Aug 1, 2004
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            Somehow the irony of getting his wife pregnant and then leaving her for
            Afghanistan gives me the distinct impression that John knows exactly what he
            is in for and is going to Afghanistan for a good night's sleep...


            ----Original Message Follows----
            From: "Daniel Dudley" <papadud@...>
            Reply-To: ujeni@yahoogroups.com
            To: ujeni@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: RE: [ujeni] Big announcement for us
            Date: Sun, 01 Aug 2004 10:04:35 -0600

            You conceived the child under a Pepsodent billboard in Africa? How kinky.

            When we were deciding names for my kids, I kept throwing in "Ujeni" and
            "Dzina". I thought that those would have resulted in interesting
            expressions from people who said "What a beautiful name what does it mean?"

            Congratulations, enjoy the full nights of sleep now, because if your child
            is anything like mine, you will enjoy about 4 years of getting up almost
            every night for something.

            Dan Dudley


            >From: John Patten <jppatten98@...>
            >Reply-To: ujeni@yahoogroups.com
            >To: ujeni@yahoogroups.com
            >Subject: [ujeni] Big announcement for us
            >Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2004 01:29:52 -0700 (PDT)
            >
            >Dear family and friends,
            >
            >We are very happy to announce that Eriko is pregnant
            >with our first child. For my part, while primarily
            >overjoyed, I by secondary measure ran around the house
            >singing like Homer Simpson, the �My boys can still
            >swim song,� along with the accompanying dance.
            >Woo-hoo! It was also a very nice experience to finally
            >take one of those home pregnancy tests where it wasn�t
            >like the craps table at Caesar�s, with breathy
            >exhortations of �C�mon blue!� But I guess now daddy
            >really does need a new pair of baby shoes. I also took
            >the test as a control, although mine was negative and
            >I was vaguely, but only momentarily disappointed.
            >
            >We plan to name the child �Buckwheat Tralfaz Rasta,�
            >partly in memory of the dearly departed Rasta Bike, if
            >it�s a boy, or �Clementine Mango Chutney,� after the
            >very nice breakfast spread and some song I can�t get
            >out of my head, for a precious little girl. If we are
            >blessed with twins we will just call them �George
            >Foreman 7 and 8,� (because 1-6 are taken), or maybe
            >just �Pepsodent,� out of respect for billboard name
            >choices by mothers in Africa, and because that�s where
            >she was conceived. Or maybe just after each and every
            >one of you, although that might be a bit long to
            >eventually fit on a driver�s license.
            >
            >We hope the baby will be a little like the better part
            >of each of us, but have to plan for the eventuality
            >that it may actually be closer to, �Calvin and Hobbes
            >destroy Tokyo.� Please make sure we have your updated
            >phone numbers, in order that I may call you at 3 am
            >and ask where the off switch is on this thing. If you
            >have an address where I can get the current manuals or
            >government pamphlets that would be helpful too.
            >
            >Seriously though, we really wanted this and are both
            >very happy. I�m looking forward to putting in all my
            >effort, time and nurture in order that the kid will be
            >able to come up to me eighteen years from now to
            >inform me what a moron I am, while using proper
            >grammatical clauses. We�ll let you know how things
            >progress and especially after the big day. We�re
            >already going to see the Obstetrician at the hospital
            >here, but Eriko has cut short her contract extension
            >and will be back in Japan around January, much to my
            >relief. When I first asked at reception if I could
            >make an appointment with the Obstetrician for my wife,
            >they said, �For her eyes?� I said, �Maybe if there�s
            >time, but for right now let�s stick with the baby
            >issue.�
            >
            >On a lighter note, I�m heading back to Afghanistan in
            >a matter of weeks now for my new job. I hope to be
            >with Eriko as the date gets closer and not pinned down
            >by shelling in eastern Afghanistan. I had enough fun
            >with that the last time, so have already put in my
            >request for calm. Although, if I find Bin laden we can
            >afford the really good Pampers and the Pokemon
            >tippy-cups. I have absolutely no idea what I�m talking
            >about. Please remember Eriko in your prayers, because
            >frankly, I don�t know how y�all women do it.
            >
            >Love,
            >
            >John and Eriko
            >
            >
            >
            >
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            >
            >
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            >
            >
            >
            >
            >

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