Saturday, December 18, 2021
Our first day back in Florida since we left for Florence on October 7. It is an exhausting experience to travel particularly internationally and particularly as we get older.
Recently, I mentioned that at events I enjoy so much, I think “is this the last time?” This morning I read that the average life expectancy of a U.S. male is 78. I am already 82, but told my one of two best friends last night, I wanted to know our Las Vegas schedule for the next five years before we leave Vegas on our trip next month. Then, when he asked me to stay an extra night as he thought he might do, I said Barbara hates me going at all, but I know for sure I do not want to travel by myself so unless someone else stays, I cannot.
We had a office party last night at Joe’s Stone Crab. I drove myself more than an hour going and almost an hour coming back. Virtually everyone at the table was concerned I could make this drive by myself. I was fine. Their concern created the only concern I had, but I did think, “How much longer can I safely drive, particularly in South Florida where the traffic is so bad, and all these old people are on the roads making them unsafe.” Then, it occurred to me that I might be one of those old people.
Then it occurred to me that I am one of those old people, at least by the calendar. I still think I can do everything. In passing, I noted that I saw more cars making the drive to dinner than I saw the whole nine weeks we were in Italy.
Yesterday afternoon, I drove around 15 minutes looking for a parking space in a huge shopping center parking lot. I finally gave up and went home.
Dinner was good. It was fun to see everyone. The jumbo stone crabs are now $129.99 an order which is obscene. Still the place was packed although the lines were much shorter. I have been a regular at Joe’s for more than 30 years, so I rarely wait more than five minutes to get in, but this was only my second time there in two years because of Covid, the first a private party given by my other best friend.
Anyone who knows me knows these two best friends Bobby Baer (met in 1957 in Ann Arbor) and David Boies (met in 1962 the first week of law school) are the most extraordinary friends one could ever dream of having. Then, add in the capa de capa, my Wife Barbara, whom I met in 1958, and you know why I would not switch places with anyone in the world.
Several people asked me whether I prefer Florida or Italy. Our lives are great in both places but easier in Italy. I want to live in both places approximately an equal amount of time. At this point, the increasing concern is the travel back and forth and doing all the other things it takes to go back and forth. Fortunately, Barbara still has the energy of someone half her age
Yesterday was my Grandson Holden Fox Miller’s 15th birthday. He is named for my Mother Hortense Fox also born on December 17.
When I was a kid, I had to deal with ”is that whore tense?” No, I think she is relaxed.
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision and gave the Biden Administration at least a temporary victory with respect to the vaccination policies of large public businesses. It appears as if the experts expect the Supreme Court to take this case. I no longer trust our highest court so I cannot be optimistic I will like the result.
Roger Stone and several others invoked their 5th Amendment privilege. Is anyone surprised? Does anyone still think Trump has clean hands concerning what occurred on January 6?
Where are our voting rights? You all better pay attention because the 2022 election is going to be a sham if nothing is done.
Tomorrow our daughter Beth and I go to the Dolphin v Jet game. I am looking forward to spending time with her. Next Tuesday is her birthday. Monday is Grandson Ryan’s birthday and the 23rd is Granddaughter Harper’s birthday.
We have the family Christmas Eve, then a Christmas Day party and then the annual Boies/Miller Christmas trip begins. Lots of (fill in the blank)