“A Visit With an Old Friend”

It’s always good when you get a chance to visit and do some catching  up with a friend or relative you care about but don’t get to see often. Yesterday we had an opportunity to have lunch with an old friend I’ve known for over 50 years. Ray has known him for about 40 years. We kind of – sorta keep tabs on each other through Facebook, but it’s been awhile since we had a face to face. I read on FB last week that he was going to be off work for a couple of weeks because of sinus surgery he’s having this week. Over the weekend I contacted him and made arrangements to meet for lunch.

We drove out to Carlsbad and met Bob at his home where we visited with him and his wife for awhile before going to lunch.  The last time we’d seen him we didn’t really get a chance to talk with his wife so it was nice to get to know her a bit better. We had a very pleasant visit followed by an equally pleasant lunch. Unfortunately she had to return to work and was unable to join us, maybe next time. After lunch we parted ways with the promise of getting together again soon. I hope we can. If he is feeling up to it after his surgery we may try to get together again sometime next week. We’ll have to wait and see.

I’ve always had a particular fondness for Bob, he’s “my brother from another mother.” Seeing Bob always reminds me of our journey, where we’ve been, who we were and how far we’ve come. We’ve shared many life experiences, and had a lot of good times and some not so good.  I have countless memories of our adventures together. As teens we shared a love of music and guitars. I can’t tell you how many times we hung out in his room, he would play guitar and I would sing mostly Doors tunes. One of the best concerts I ever attended was with Bob. Our friends Steve and Sheila joined us. We saw The Doors, Chambers Brothers and Steppenwolf on a warm July night in 1968. It was an incredible concert! Jim Morrison was actually sober enough to stand and sing. The first time we’d seen the Doors in 67,  Morrison was fall down drunk or stoned out of his mind, but at the Bowl he rocked! Yeah we had some great times!

Bob and I also faced trouble together and some other situations we should have probably tried to avoid, yet we somehow managed to make it through the turbulent 60’s virtually unscathed. Just lucky I guess, or perhaps blessed. I’m glad we had a chance to get together. If you read this Bob I hope your sinus surgery goes well. The way you were coughing and constricted at lunch yesterday has got to be painful. We will be praying for you bro, hope it takes care of the problem and that you recover quickly. You know what they say “If you don’t have your health  you have nothing.” Godspeed. Hope to see you soon.

Now if you have some old friends out there you haven’t talked to in awhile take some time to make a connection, in person preferably, but a phone call works. Believe me it will be worth the effort!

Just a Thought…

JS

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