Salmagundi (look it up!)
A bracing early morning walk. Diet and exercise are working. I’ve shed 18lbs. Now comes the hard part. Another 10-12 lbs to go.
Prayer service at Res. House. “J” and “Grandpa” started to argue in the Chapel. 'Twas over nothing, just the sparring between an old buck and a young turk.
Half an hour to kill. Wandered the neighbourhood of Res. House.
Chatted with “T” on the street. She is an outrageous blonde with a sad heart. We talked about what it meant to have a smile which masks deep sadness. A meeting point for “T” and me.
Next was “M” who was in a chipper mood on the street. He is the eternal optimist.
Then I saw “G” sitting on the pavement. “How are things with your wife?” I asked. “Not good” was his reply “I think that I should give up”.
“I am sorry to hear that”, I said, “but whatever you do, don’t give up on your children”.
He grinned. “Sometimes”, he said, “the Lord sends me the right messenger at the right time”.
We shook hands as I whispered a prayer.
Back in Res. House I sat down with “J”. “What’s my name?” he asked. “J” I said.
“O.K” he countered “but what is my last name?”. I remembered it.
Confidence re-established, we chatted for ten minutes about his hopes and dreams.
Then it was off to “Sierra Station”, my favourite lunch place. I ate with David DeSmith, my former organist and assistant Priest in Pittsfield. David and his partner John are in SRQ for a brief post Easter vacation. (David is now Rector of a parish in New Jersey). It was a lovely reunion.
As I left my parking place, I creamed another car. “Oh shucks” I uttered, or some similar words.
I left a note with my name and phone number. The owner called me, with gratitude for my courtesy, at 4:00 p.m.
Now I am faced with a Car Insurance deductible, and increased premiums - all for want of attention.
I was in a hurry for an appointment with me excellent dermatologist , Dr. Stroble. I have been treating one side of my brow with a very expensive cream ($120 for 30 grams) to burn off some pre-cancerous spots.
She and I each agreed that the treatment was working well, so now I’ll treat the other side.