Last night I finally managed to speak to a friend I've known since secondary school for the first time in almost a year. Not only has her daughter left home to live closer to her university equivalent (daughter is one of those performing arts types), but my friend is planning to sell the flat she's lived in since before daughter was born and move out to the suburbs. I have many happy memories of staying in that flat. It's the end of the era and possibly the final nail in the coffin of my admitting I'm a grown-up.
So, what milestone events make for good plot initiators? Which are overdone? Which rarely get a look-in?