I am often the baby of the group, and more recently I find I am the only American amongst my friends. I like meeting people who bring new experiences to the table, and I am possibly the most open minded person you will meet. I am relentlessly optimistic although even I have my bad days. I try to live life to the fullest because it is a precious amenity and not to be wasted. Oh, and I can make a damn good loaf of banana bread, just ask the Germans.