Ben is a marathon-runner, family-man, published author, dog lover (and yes, I hyperlinked his name, check it out). He may or may not be working on a book about ECAD and about the human-dog relationship. This may or may not mean that we are all on our best behavior for fear of our future published depiction (and because the tape-recording pen is turned on). Ben is not staying in the house with the rest of us, which means that we haven't had as much of an opportunity to get to know him. His presence in class is noted by his ability to ask the question that I want to ask before I even know I want to ask it.
All in all, it's a darn good group with a solid sense of humor, humility, and intelligence. Thus far, I think we're really enjoying each others' company and learning a lot not only from our amazing instructors but from each other.