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George KGeorge K Super ModeratorPosts: 10,492 Senior Member
Aside from my brother, children and grandchildren I have but one relative I care enough about to visit and host a couple of times a year, a first cousin who divides his time between rural Connecticut and the Florida panhandle. He went into hospice care a week ago so I drove down to Florida to see him before it's too late. I think I was just in time; he is deteriorating rapidly.

Then I spent last night in North Carolina en route home, and when I checked my emails had one from the wife of an old and dear friend advising me he had died unexpectedly. While being treated for a heart condition he fell into a coma and never came out of it.

We've been friends since 1970; met in Buenos Aires, which was my first post and where he was working as a translator, and kept in touch over the years. I would stop in England almost every year for a week or so on the way to or from the States to visit, often with a kid in tow. (Our wives did not get along.) He was born in Newton, Mass. but lived in Scotland and England since the mid-1970s, eventually becoming a British subject. Later - much to my annoyance - Brits became citizens and I could no longer lord it over him with the fact that I was a sovereign citizen and he the humble subject of a long line of dangerously inbred and not-overly-bright royals. This was particularly ironic since his grandparents had been in the same radical Italian immigrant social circle as Messrs. Sacco and Vanzetti, he had been named after Norman Thomas and he was an anarchist at heart.

I will miss both of them.
Keep your stinkin' government hands off my Medicare.


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