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Chronologically, sequentially, and so forth RY22 unfolded thusly. From San Juan, PR via SeaDream II to Barcelona (a voyage that included champagne COVID cloistering in name-embroidered jammies), then overland to dreamily dramatic Andalucia afore returning reluctantly to retirement’s regimen, which saw the German-US Loisach Group in DC, a NATO Task Force in full force, and Farm-friendly frolics installing a Rain Garden, French drains, and a longish 100’+ paved driveway. Favored friends abounded about too numerous to mention, but one Lazer-inspired encounter with childhood hero, astronaut Lt Gen Tom Stafford, must go against convention and be mentioned as should Snoopy’s personal tour of Udvar-Hazy A&S museum – God’s great gifts to be sure!

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Michael the Elder (ME) had the honor of the Memorial Day speech in the ancestral place betwixt and between trips to Philadelphia to final farewell fond relatives and bantering about with his brothers in the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Rangers soft ice cream summered us superbly whilst festivals, frolicking Swarms at the Finger Lakes, and farm fruits filled forever moments fantastically. Gloria can now truthfully be called Galloping Glamorous Gloria (G3) given God’s gift of HIPS! Once a mocking moniker HIPS is heaven sent as both are new and working wonders TBTG! And so we’re off again!! Sister Judy’s convalescent assistance involved buying a buckboard (because), shadowing Gobbler’s Knob (no Punxy Phil), but Phil Cuz Tim’s 50th celebrations nevertheless dontcha know. ME passed G3’s bedridden rest time teaching golf across the street, playing at Bedford Springs, whilst we all enjoyed Movie Night Under the Stars on the terrace (2nd Hand Lions – Grrreat!), pizza at the Legion, Ethnic Fest (Irish Best), and our (gasp) 40th Air Force Academy reunion where people looked like themselves SBP!!

ME interspersed a few wee wanderings in the Old World taking in the Pubs in Belgium, Germany, the UK, and Estonia, which included an Arctic work event in September in Bavaria featuring arctic-like weather for ME’s outdoor O’Gau Passion Play. Serendipitously (luckily too), ME had a true Rowdy’s time @Andechs Klosterbrauerei (beer) with friends of 40 years – all livers be praised!

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