An inscription

For B.’s copy of Jimmy:

You’re no parrothead, not ( at this stage of life) a pirate, nor even an abuser of frozen concoctions. But you still take the weather with you everywhere you go, insert breathing spaces in the purposefulness of the earnest, and know the transcendent secular value of a cheeseburger  and a cold draft beer. You demonstrate the compatibility of joie de vivre and family values… and what a handsome family! Stewart’s Ferry was fun, this is better.

Thanks for the visit, drive safely. Enjoy the close domesticity of summer. Teach your children well. Keep your health and happiness. Au revoir, we’ll catch the Sounds next time.


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