A cup of coffee on the patio a little past dawn Saturday morning, still up well before everyone else. I remembered that I started doing it in high school – getting out of bed and ready before everyone else. The reasons were obvious – a shower with guaranteed hot water, first crack at anything for breakfast (especially advantageous for pop tarts or Wheaties in short supply,) and maybe twenty minutes of the Three Stooges before the bus came. Granted, it was a challenge beating my dad out of bed. A lifetime in the Army had provided few opportunities for luxurious slumbe
With the passing of Dick Clark I remembered a number of years ago getting a package in the mail with a 50th anniversary keychain for American Bandstand. It had the famous AB logo on one side in blue and "50 years of Bandstand" on the reverse. With it a handwritten note from Dick thanking me for my support over the years. It was just so cool. I wore that keyring out in my pocket and had to retire it when the loop broke. Dick Clark was one of my heroes.
There are a lot of people who aren't what they seem.