Hi, Eric -- This would, I believe, represent my first communication with you as an official "friend." (Applause, applause). There have been many momentous events on the world stage since our last conversation. I would diplomatically describe them as challenging but exciting. I suspect you'd agree, but with a lot more enthusiasm, nicht wahr?
Welcome to St. Louis! The musician in you should love it -- it's a great town for all kinds of music. I know the jazz and classical are especially strong. And your love of wine can be indulged at tasting & classes at places like the Wine Merchant. And if the linguist in you loves other nations' foods -- not just languages, there is the International Institute's Festival of Nations the last weekend of August.
Nice to meet you Eric! Hopefully you get back up to VT occasionally.
The focus of your company is really interesting. Do you ever use patents as a data source for making projections? Granted they are already a lagging indicator, but there is a lot of information contained in them that can help to reverse engineer competitors' strategies or extrapolate out new product offerings (e.g. Febreze as an fabric freshener to air freshener).