Thursday, December 8, 2016
Michael is an old friend from wayback. He is a fellow strong conservative and also has the distinction of having the loudest voice I have ever heard. He is a modern-day Stentor. One index of his individuality is that for a time he used to drive around Sydney in an old Dennis fire engine. He is definitely an irreplaceable original.
So I was pleased to get a call from him tonight. He is in the Mater Private hospital in Brisbane recovering from a double hip replacement. Michael is actually two years younger than I am and my hips are fine -- but Michael is a great fan of the dinner table so has put on a lot more weight than I have -- not that I have anything to boast about in that department. And overweight is of course bad for hips. But Michael has risen to the dismal challenge of weight loss and tells me that he has slimmed down a lot since I last saw him.
I hope to have him over for a dinner some time soon -- when he has completed his convalescence. We have a mutual friend in Jill, who remembers him with affection, so I might try for a combined dinner in January. Jill does a lot of cruising these days so I would have to fit in with her too.
Michael and I are both blessed in that we have capable sons who mostly share our political views.