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Entry date: 6-19-2023 – The Day After the Fun – Letters to My Friends

Dear Friends,

I’m not going to say I am a good roller skater, but I did make it around the track without falling on my ass about five times or so. I figured I had used up all the good luck I had, so I called it a day. It was a nice afternoon yesterday and I think my mom, despite her protests, had a good time.

It had been almost forty years since I had roller skated, I think. I don’t remember lacing skates on as an adult and Ben and I discussed that it was probably the old rink on 44th Street and Oak when we had last skated. He picked up it back up quickly and Ryan did well, too. Liam was going pretty good, but the rest of us were pretty slow and, most likely, a little scary to watch.

I am happy to report that the party was without any bad family juju or incident, too. There was a bit of trepidation as to how things would go as my ex-wife was there, but I'd like to think we can co-exist peacefully, especially with the grand baby on the way. I didn't have any expectations of any weirdness or anything, but it's a situation that I'm not exactly comfortable with if I am being honest.

It's strange when you are not around someone for a long time after having spent a lot of time with them in the past. I'm guessing most divorced people and people who were in long term committed relationships feel this to some extent. There is this person there that, on one hand, you feel like you know pretty well but on the other hand, you don't know the current version of them at all.

There is no question that we are very different people than the ones who shared a home in Ahwatukee twenty years ago. I do my best to focus on the good memories and appreciate her as my son's mom, but there is still hurt there and memories that are not so great at all. Luckily, none of that came up for me yesterday and I hope the same for her.

I was pretty wiped out after all that fun yesterday, so I ended up crashing pretty early. I had been sitting on a 10% ABV Imperial amber from Czechoslovakia, so I indulged myself in a strong beer as a night cap for Father’s Day and it knocked me out. I slept through most of the first episode of the Righteous Gemstones, but I’ll catch back up tonight.

Today is all about hunting and gathering and going to see a movie with Teresa. She’s treating me for Father’s Day and I’m excited to have a nice afternoon with her. We are going to see The Flash. As per usual, my only expectation for seeing a superhero movie is to be entertained. If you don’t go in expecting to see something as good as The Godfather or Jaws, you’re in good shape.

I am always surprised by how many people like to take a dump on a superhero movie when it doesn’t live up to some lofty expectation. It’s a goddamn comic book come to life and from my vantage point, comic books are supposed to be fun. I know there are ones out there that are not a lot of fun these days, sure, but in what world are you supposed to take Batman and Superman and Spiderman and their cronies seriously?

Time to get busy. Enjoy Juneteenth everyone.

See you tomorrow.


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