Holiday Greetings from Michigan!

It's been another two years since my last Christmas letter; and another two years without moving. For more than five years I've been living at
  328 N. Pointe Dr.
Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
(734) 449-2985,
I'm getting quite settled in; and with the continued low interest rates, I'm even contemplating building an addition to my house.

The biggest news is that I'm now an uncle - three times over! My first nephew, Trevor John Hornberger (Linda & Mike) will be sixteen months old on Christmas day. In July, Peyton Philip-John Smith (Pete & Dena) arrived; and finally, Nicholas Christian Smith (Phil & Elaine) was born just a few months ago in September. That's three new nephews in 15 months! Uncle Dan has so many cute pictures that he's going to have to get another refrigerator.

You may remember that four years ago I ran for Northfield Township Trustee. Well, I tried again this year and lost in the August primary; concerns about new development resulted in a record number of candidates seeking local public office. Nevertheless, I'm still active: this spring the DDA Board I serve on planted flowers throughout downtown Whitmore Lake; and this fall I helped start The Northfield Courant, a new community newspaper. I'm also joining a local German-American club.

For nearly seven years I've been working at Autodesk; this is about as long as my two previous "real jobs" combined. The improved economy as been very noticeable: for 2004 ADSK is the best performer on the S&P 500, and our stock is splitting again. Lately, I've been working on introducing some new data management features into our flagship AutoCAD product; it's fun to know the software I write is used by so many people. By the time you read this, I'll be in Germany for a week showing this software to customers.

While I have yet to run a second marathon, I still enjoy running; I recently bought a treadmill so that I can try to stay in shape through the winter. Besides another wonderful summer of "big water" boating aboard the new Aft'r Hours, I attended my twenty year high-school class reunion. It just doesn't seem like it was really that long ago...

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Copyright 2004, J. Daniel Smith. All rights reserved.