This long weekend I spent a wonderful 5 days with my old army buddies from the mid-80s, including a pool hall night, an awesome blues club night, a round of golf on the lakeshore, Second City, a Cubs game (that we won in the 13th inning!), another blues club night, and today a highly profitable afternoon at the casino in IN. Then an evening watching war movies and telling stories about our military experience. They just left and this long-awaited reunion officially ended–but we do this every year and I look forward to the next, which will be in Porland Maine next Labor Day. So glad, for so many reasons, that I did my hitch in the army back when I was young enough to do it, and to make such enduring, resonant friendships. We were soldiers once, and young.