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    I had not thought about or seen LM for many, many years. We nearly fought a war together a very long time ago. Luck, hazard, happenstance kept us away from combat, and having lot of idle time in the barracks. He was a gentle soul. I wrote his name in the search window of Google FR. Only two links referred to his name. Because of his age, I was not surprised that he did not frequent the web very much. The two links led to the same obituary. A very succinct one. Just the date of his death and his age. I knew it was most likely him because of his fitting age and especially because of the place he died. His parents had run a hotel there. That's where he came from. Did he live all his life in the city he was born or did he come home to die? He was gay, so he must have survived the early AID crisis. But there he was with all the mystery I will never know more about. I was too late to find out what his life had been like. With who else am I being too late?

    A trough of frigid air sipped through the border of Wyoming to cascade along the whole northern border between Canada and the US.
    People were percolating their coffee before facing a new year at work. All resolutions smothered in gooey doughnuts. [My grandma called desserts the quicksands of the will.]

    Don't be late again.

    [photo by jean-claude]
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