My cousin Garrick was in Seattle! So I picked him up from his swish IEEE conference do at the Space Needle and we headed to a bar in Belltown to catch up. G bought us each a pint of Manny's Pale Ale (made in Seattle) and then filled me in on his fortuitous position at Johns Hopkins. He's studying for his PhD in some sort of mechanical-electrical engineering field, all expenses paid. Along the way he's coaching the women's field hockey team too. The shocker of the night was the somewhat grotesque piercing he now sports in his right temple; other than that, he was the same old cuz.