Still Kicking

Haven’t posted anything for two years and now wondering if I can get back to it. In the mean time I’ve retired to Hemet California in the midst of Covet 19. I’ve been here for six months and am still in a daze. It was time to leave. Driving the Land Cruiser in the bush, preparing discussions to have in Maasai villages, traveling hours to do basic shopping. It all became to much. So here I am in Southern California dealing with all kinds of new challenges. Cooking for myself (lots of Stophers microwave meals), driving on the “wrong” side of the road, being isolated due to Covet and the American way (although I’ve gotten both vaccine jabs) and just the strangeness of it all.

One of the guys here is a dedicated Cicillian. He celebrates St. Joseph Italian day like others would with green beer on March 17th. Yesterday, the 19th we marked St. Joseph day with a wonderful steak dinner. It was very special with super cheese cake, Cicillian I think for desert. There was red Cicillian wine throughout. I missed out on the wine due to alcohol conflict with some meds I’m taking. That is another story. Red T-shirts were worn to honor the day, green for Patrick and I find out red for Joseph.

We were 8 Spiritans celebrating, Neil MicQuillan, Dan Abott, and Pierre Deglairre from Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Mike Onwuemelie, Joe Gaglione (the proud Cicillian) from Holy Spirit Parish and I. The six of us live here on the same compound. Bill Headly and Mike White came up from San Diego to be with us. It was a great to join with other Spiritans for some good conversation and a great meal.

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