Happy Birthday Old Friend

Happy Birthday old friend,

And I don’t mean old in terms of your being an old man but rather in the sense that you are a treasured friend. I wish you had a computer so I could send you some of the pictures I’ve taken on this four month adventure so far. I get lucky every now & then and capture a great image. The young man I work with is Reuben and we were on an outing the other day & I asked if he’d like to see my trailer because he’s always asking me questions about it. He said yeah & I thought I’d just show him the outside of it but he wanted to see the inside. It was a bit tricky because I had to carry him inside but he loved it and was mesmerized by all the stuff on my walls & ceiling. I’ve gone nuts and have travel posters, quotes, etc. on the ceiling as well as the walls. You know how I am. Anyway, I get along well with Reuben but his mother is a royal bitch. This morning she tried to put me down as usual but I didn’t let her get me down because I’m in such a good mood because I found out that I don’t have a leaky roof it’s the condensation and I haven’t been allowing any air flow in this cold weather. What a relief! I know I called you last night and I hope that I wasn’t too obnoxious? The only thing I remember about our phone conversation was your saying that Bill Stark always asks how I’m doing and your saying that your phone battery was low. Jeri was going to loan me the money to repair my roof & I choke-up at her compassion for me. I am truly blessed to have her & you for friends. I’ve been working on a gift for her for two months and it’s been so frustrating that I have wanted to slam my laptop many times. I got Reuben’s older brother, Dylan, to help me out and now her gift is ready for her birthday on November 22nd. I scanned a boatload of pictures, mostly of Ryan growing up but also of her parents & her brother who passed away, and transferred them to a CD with some Van Morrison music in the background. I think she’s really going to like it? I hope so at least. It’s like a slide show. Anyway my friend, I often think of you and wish you were here to enjoy this magnificent countryside. I got the idea of sending you these postcards since I can’t send you my pics. Remember my story “The Return of the Flower Children?” The opening scene in the Redwoods. This is my idea of heaven. All I need now is a woman & I’m working at finding one. There’s a great Mexican restaurant/bar at the entrance to my RV park and I’m getting to know the Hispanic bartender, his name is Fernando. I brought in my notebook of references which include several from former Spanish speaking students, to show him last night. I told him straight out that I have always been impressed by the warmth & generosity of Hispanic people and asked if he knew of any single Hispanic women he could introduce me to. He said he’s going to fix me up. Oh boy! I’m such an old horn-dog! I forget if I told you on the phone last night but I might be coming up for Christmas, Ryan invited me to a party at his house on Christmas day. It really warmed my heart because we had a falling out a couple of months ago and I said some pretty shitty things to him. It was all due to a misunderstanding on his part. I took the initiative and apologized to him a couple of weeks ago & he also apologized to me. Anyway, if I do come up, we definitely have to get together. Jeri asked if I could house sit for her because she’s going down to L.A. to spend the high holidays with her brother.
Your friend,

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