Thanks for the welcome everybody.
Purza: Yes, I do have contact with my family. My parents live a couple of hours from here and I visit them quite often. I spent Christmas Day at their house and even brought them some presents. I didn't wrap them up or give them a big "HOHOHO" while handing them over, but they did give me a smile and a thank you when they opened the bags.
Annie: Did you post on Tishie's board? I guess it is possible that there is more than one Annie in New York, but if you did I do remember you. How you doing?