I must apologize for being AWOL recently. I try to post four times a month, but I have been incapable of writing for a while. My business partner, and wonderful friend, Carlan, died a few weeks ago, unexpectedly. This man was part of my life, eight hours a day, five days a week for thirty-two years. We laughed. We overcame obstacles, and shared both good and bad fortune. During that time, we developed a kind of man-love usually found between fellow soldiers who have faced death together in combat. There was nothing I would not do for Carlan, and I know he felt the same way. A void now exists in my heart, one that can never be filled, a place where his memories wait patiently for moments when I need encouragement or, perhaps, just to a safe place to hang out. Goodbye my friend. I miss you.