Loren returns!

Sunday Loren came over. VERY nice to see m'boy. spent some time talking about all the ins and outs and ups and downs and twists and turns of the last couple months with him. spent some more time cooking and eating a decent steak dinner and watching a little ST:Voyager. i covered most of this stuff in email once already so i'm going to keep this brief: obviously there are still some issues to get worked out, mostly the scheduling of when he's going to be here, but i was very encouraged that he was adamant about not changing the summer schedule (a week here, a week at his mom's). i floated the question of what he'd think about it if things were like that all the time, and he seemed very interested in the idea, but also realized that holidays, etc., can mess up a schedule like that. i have to consider that a show of maturity, that he can recognize the complexity of the issue and consider the effects of changes to his schedule. that's very encouraging. whatever happens from here, i definitely want him to be involved in the decision process, as i've said before, if only to know that his opinion matters, even if ultimately the entire schedule isn't dropped in his lap.

next weekend he and i and Melissa & Nichole go to Cirque du Soleil in Marymoor Park in Redmond, the first Cirque show either Loren or i have seen. should be fun, and the last incarnation of Christmas from 2005.

moving on....

sold the Geo (the one that's been sitting in my yard since the hood flew up and smashed the windshield last year) to my neighbor, for $100. the blue book on the car is $300, and the hood was pretty crumpled, the windshield beyond repair, and it has some relatively minor front end damage from a fender bender i got in before the windshield got broken. i tried to think of as many reasons to nuke the sale as possible, but my neighbor's a handy guy, and mechanically the car is sound, and he's willing to do the work on it, so we had a deal.

the Suns took game 1 of their 2nd round series against the Clippers this evening- pretty good game. looks like the Clippers are going to continue to play strong ball, and give them a run for their money. Suns point guard Steve Nash was presented with the 2005-2006 MVP award before the game, his 2nd, and in consecutive seasons. class act, Nash. Elton Brand continues to impress. hoping Loren gets to see Radmanovic play in at least one more game this season, since he was traded to the Clippers. maybe they'll play one on Saturday while he's here; if not, the Clippers will have to take the Suns and move on, or Loren's out of luck.

been digging a big trench in the back yard, putting in a French drain. actually, at the moment, my trench has about 4" of water in it from a pretty good rain we got on Sunday. the rest of the yard looks pretty dry- i started at the low point in the back of the yard.

just sort of waiting for next weekend to come around. can't wait to spend some more time with m'boy. missed him plenty. he had a good time while he was here, even though we had to spend some of the time discussing unpleasant things, and that was just what the doctor ordered.

out for now. PEACE

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