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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Good morning crew,

It looks like it is the end of an era. My cousin Kaz and his wife Debbie have been hosting an Independence Day party on their lake-backed estate for the last 32 years, as Kaz's parents did for the 15 years before that (so it is the end of two eras, really), but they are planning their much-earned retirement in Florida so this year will be the last celebration.

I have been attending that party for as long as I can remember, and I don't mind saying the family has had some high times. I learned how to sail on that little lake. I almost drowned in it once or twice, too.

Since this is something of a momentous occasion, some long-absent family members will be coming together for the first time in years. Even my dear mother is making the journey. And with accommodations short, the locals have been tapped for room and board, myself included.

So last night I told the wife, "I talked to my brother Michael earlier tonight (the wife met him a couple years ago in Vegas). He is coming in from Nevada for the Fourth of July party and asked if he could stay at our house."

"Our first house guest!" she exclaimed. "How exciting. We can set him up on the futon in the basement. I'll have to wash the spare bed sheets. And I guess I'll have to do some shopping, huh? We should probably have some food in the house."

"He's bringing his wife too," I added.

"Oh, that's fine," she said. "There's room on the futon for two. Maybe we can do some couples stuff while they're in town. We can take them out to dinner."

"And his kids," I continued.

The kids too?" She was starting to lose some of her enthusiasm. "Well, I guess somebody can sleep on the couch. How many kids does he have? Two?"

"Four."

"Four? Where are we going to put six people?"

"They're just going to have to sleep on the floor," I said.

The wife sat in silent concentration for a minute, but there is an indefatigable optimism in her and eventually she said, "Okay, I know where I can get some inflatable mattresses. I can borrow some spare sheets from my parents and I guess they can use the throw pillows from the sofa to sleep on. That should do it. Now, I've never cooked for 8 people before. How long will they be staying? The whole weekend?"

"Seven days," I said.

Laugh it up,

Joe

joe@gophercentral.com

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The new Supermarket near our house has an automatic water mister to keep the produce fresh. Just before it goes on, you hear the sound of distant thunder and the smell of fresh rain.

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