Sunday, August 25, 2013


Chris is weeping in a corner as I write this, some nonsense about how his baby girl has gone off to college and how he wishes she could just stay a little girl forever. 


Cause I think I remember some D.R.A.M.A! over these last few years, and up until we left that kid in the dorm alone to fend for herself, I think he was saying something about selling her to the circus.

Caitlin has spent most of her waking hours in some form of organized musical effort, and it’s paid off, cause now she’s gone off to the University of Illinois School of Music with a focus towards Education. 

So, here’s the numbers, for all you accountant type geeks out there:
University of Illinois received 33,000 freshman applications for the 2013-2014 year.
Caitlin was one of 7,000 accepted.
The College of Music had 6,000 applicants.
She is one of 115 accepted.

Damn kid. 

She’s also made it as a Mellophone player for the Marching Illini, the Marching Band for the University. So she had to go down a week early for Hell Week (Sunday to Sunday band, 9am to 9pm). We drove through miles and miles and miles and miles and miles of corn, arriving on campus before the chaos of the regular move in day.    

To Chris’s absolute and total glee, we moved her in to a nice old all girls dorm, brick building, white pillars, that sort of thing. Another fun fact is that her roommate is from Beijing, China. 

 Have a mentioned the fact that Chris has been wearing his U of I “spirit wear” since Caitlin left?  

So join us all in Dublin for the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, where Caitlin will be marching with the Marching Illini. (…can’t let this whole college thing dampen her super secret international spy business, now can we?)

Chris will be the one wearing green U of I spirit wear and drinking beer.