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The past never goes away

In the space of fifteen minutes, I heard on the internet...

...that a high school friend of mine, whom I haven't seen in about 40 years, will be in Washington when I am there this weekend and wants to get together;

...that I am mentioned in the Huffington Post for saying something four years ago that I don't remember saying, and for which I would just as soon not be famous;

...and that an old girlfriend of mine, whom I last heard from about 25 years ago, has died, drowned while on vacation.

Don't adventures ever end?


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May. 13th, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
You were also mentioned (not by name) in passing on Morning Edition this morning, probably due to the same thing the Huffington Post brought up.
May. 13th, 2014 10:10 pm (UTC)
You are in good company
Don't cringe about the quote in Huffington Post. It was in an article about Pope Francis, who was quoted as saying in his Monday Mass that he would baptize Martians if they came to him and asked for it. He used this and a story from Acts of the Apostles to urge the clergy to foster an open door policy for all to receive Church teachings. The story merely mentioned that you were already on the same page four years ago. (If it's the tentacle quote that bothers you, I don't think it's a big thing.) Perhaps His Holiness remembered hearing you talking about baptizing aliens (I remember you mentioned it on a TV program), and liked it enough to use it. Brother Guy Consolmagno, Papal Advisor?

I'm sorry about your old friend drowning on vacation. But at our stage in life, we are starting to lose friends more frequently, and many of them die in a nursing home, with their obituaries requesting charitable donations for a disease we'd rather not end our lives with. To be still enjoying life at our age is a blessing.

Pat L.
May. 13th, 2014 11:55 pm (UTC)
My deepest sympathies.
(And no, it doesn't seem that way, at least til death; anything beyond that you're more the expert than I)
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