Who needs authority?

Kate turns 41 this weekend, and I'll be 49 in October. Time passes so much faster as we age. But surprises like this come around to make up for it--this week I heard from an old flame. We had a bitter separation 20 years ago and haven't talked since the Psychedelic Furs were at their peak.

Here is Kathy Hodge in 1984, in Columbia, Missouri, when she was a critical care nurse, and as a firefighter (at left) in Washington State in a 2004 photo. What a cool surprise to see what she's become, and I'm glad she looked me up.