BON VOYAGE, MICHELLE!
wish i could escort you to the airport myself, but duty (aka new haven) calls. have a lovely, lovely flight (here's hoping they have to bump you to business class), savor those first few moments in paris (like angela, who had only the car ride to enjoy before getting her sorry, rosette-wearing butt auf't) and write me an email as soon as you're settled.
laura, have fun in china. no long goodbye because i'm seeing you in THREE WEEKS on my home turf. yeahhh.