The boys have left us; they were with us for only just more than a week but I miss them. I miss Mason’s squeals of laughter in early morning; I miss Sammy playing in our bedroom every until he gets sleepy; I miss him pecking on our door to get us up. Carolyn cried for days after they left.

When kids get out of school for summer they turn around and go back for summer sessions of book lessons. When I was a school boy and out for summer, I learned many lessons by playing with my pals and roaming the woods, hills, and fields for a couple of months. I wonder if I ended up better educated than do today’s kids?

Referring to the present N.S.A. fiasco, instead of trying to cover their asses I think the powers should give us good reasons to trust them. They cannot. I really don’t know what the big surprise is about the domestic spying. Bush unabashedly bypassed the constitution to allow it and it was widely publicized as was Obama’s decision to expand surveillance at home and in foreign countries. If people had watched The Spy Factory on PBS’s Nova when it came out several years ago, it tells nearly everything that is just now being “found” by the popular press. The documentary can be seen online here or can be found on Netflix and other sources.

Referring to Mark’s diet, Carolyn and I ordered takeout cheeseburgers from the Cottage, my old time watering hole. It was Friday after I had chest x-rays. The burgers were huge and juicy.

I have a full-blown case of pneumonia in both lungs. So far, I am dodging a stay in hospital. Thursday at a doctor visit I had a nebulizer treatment which helped a lot and a shot in my butt.

Two months from diagnosis ’til death. My cousin and closest buddy from my teen years died Friday from leukemia. I will miss you Bull. “Bull” was my personal nickname for him. He was 67 years old.

We dodged a bullet, my friends. Friday 13 fell on Thursday this month.

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  1. 67 years old?! Bull was a young man. What a loss!
    I love American sandwiches. One large hamburger, please. 🙂
    Please take care of yourself, my friend. I think of you every day. You should be in a good shape before your surgery. Spied, or not spied – we need YOU. 😉

    • I should know about my surgery schedule by week’s end. I am ready.
      Thanks, Jola. 🙂

  2. Sorry for the loss of your cousin. Take care of yourself and get well soon. Alice

    • Thank you, Alice. 🙂

  3. Sorry for your loss. One of life’s cruel fates.

    I think kids need summer vacation. Not the same for many these days as both parents work but many families get to bond and forge memories during that time.

    Dieting is brutal. The reward will be great.

    The spying does not surprise me. It does alarm me at how many people think it is perfectly ok. We have been suckered into believing it is just fine. We, as a nation, will regret the day we thought it was ok.

    You have been sick for a while now. Time to get better, get your surgery and get outside a bit.

    • The losses are coming too often now. Two good childhood pals gone in a short time.
      Dieting and quitting smoking are the two hardest things I have ever inflicted on myself. I quit smoking after 23 years; dieting is still in planning stage.
      I think that not getting the knee fixed 10 years ago may be my final undoing; inactivity has weakened me a bunch.
      Thanks, Mark.

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