Quick trip to Florida sparks memories

Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 04:35 PM.

I flew to Florida a couple of weekends ago to see my boys. It was a quick trip, out Friday morning, back Sunday night.

Bret is 50 and Bart is 48, but they always will be my “boys.” Our gatherings can be hazardous to my health. You’ve heard the term “die laughing.”

I brushed a laughing-induced death this visit. Bret drove me by his apartment, where I suffered the first serious gasping attack of my trip.

When I walked into his place, the first thing I noticed was a fully decorated Christmas tree. I mentioned it looked like he’d gotten the spirit pretty early. It wasn’t early. It’s a prior year’s tree he never bothered to take down!

And it’s a real tree, not plastic, and amazingly still looks life-like in an “Egyptian” sort of way. Think how history would’ve altered had ancients learned they didn’t need cloth bindings and fluids for preservation.

Based upon Bret’s ground-breaking experiment demonstrating mummification powers of Christmas decorations, they could’ve wrapped Tutankhamun with tinsel, hung on some glass balls and propped him in a corner for all the ages.

We drove over to Bart’s shop. He has an air-conditioning business there in Bradenton and has put together a colorful organization, not unlike the TV show “Taxi,” although he’s definitely no Danny DeVito runt.



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