irlandesa said:whew..sigh of relief.. yep, you are right, I am quite the over-represented majority in Boston (Irish non-practicing Catholic), so that explains it. My acquaintance from BU is Ethopian, so you may end up meeting her there, among many others. thanks for the clarification, and have a great time if you make it up here. HAM, not sure I did get that letter from BU in the mail; of course some of the mail I was supposed to get never showed up while I was out in Springfield during January and my Mom was checking my mail. Or it got delayed, my Yale interview packet showed up on the day I went to the interview! My e-mail is seriously messed up too; the administrator at UMass said she had sent several e-mails out that I had never received.. But all ranting aside, I still have a tough choice for the #1 spot.