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He's 58 now.  Since I remember being five rather well, I do recall him still in diapers.  He hates it when I mention that.

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On the other hand, he sat down one time and started telling me about all the cons he had pulled to get me to do chores he was supposed to do when we were kids.  I had only ever suspected maybe a third of them.  To this day, though I do enjoy shooting the breeze with him, if he told me the sun came up in the east, I would check it out with at least three other people before I believed it.
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This has been a week.

Sara R called me twice.  The first time was to ask me to take part in a quilt tying party for the Detroit VA quilt project (It called to mind the final line of an SF book I read when I was in high school:  "We need volunteers to clean the stables.  Their names are ....") which has not been scheduled yet.  The second time was to tell me Ann was in the hospital and if she (Sara) needed a ride some evening - yes, I could oblige.

I don't mind tying quilts - I'm actually fairly good at it; and I certainly don't mind giving people rides who need them.  But Sara doesn't call me very often.

In regard to my job, I got some bad news and some good news.  The good news outweighs the bad.  I am not ready to talk about it at this point, but it does look like the same thing that happened last time this situation came up is what will happen now. Like I said, the good news outweighs the bad.

I also finished what I needed to do for a grant proposal we're trying to get out before the end of the month.  If it all comes together, it will be submitted from Stanford.  And, since I have experience in handling research data, there is a piece of my salary written into it.

The MRI magnet wasn't working for a research subject who came all the way from Medford for the study.  Getting him rescheduled for that could turn into a real adventure.  

And several of the posters are ready to print for the American Society of Echocardiography meetings that happen in about a week and a half.

Did I mention that in the nearly 17 years I've had this job, the only really slow time we've had was last December?

On the home front, my granddaughter has completed second grade.

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