Karl’s letters from the north after graduation were the impetus that first lured me to Alaska. With his characteristic dry sense of humor he always was, and still is, a gripping story teller. -- whether on paper or in person. I think Karl could entice a Kirby vacuum cleaner salesperson into buying a Kenmore vacuum at Sears.
You can imagine my disappointment when the plane’s passengers had all assembled in the terminal without me spotting Karl. However, scanning the new arrivals, I did spot a man I recognized as Karl’s dad from our Middlebury years. Amazingly Karl’s dad hadn’t changed a bit since I last saw him over 50 years ago. But, wait.... Could it be Karl has unexpectedly aged over the course of these decades. I’m sure glad I haven’t.
One advantage to having friends visit is the impetus for Karen and me to visit our favorite locales and even places new to us -- areas that we rarely go to on our own. Inertia and routine can certainly get in the way of priorities.