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Hello Special Ops Friends!

From Sat. night to Thursday morning, I was at a friend's super house outside of Boston, with six other lifelong friends. I've known some since I was 12 (42 years!), and none fewer than 38 years.

Marriages, divorces, children. Parental care. Jobs ups and downs. We were always sort of nerdy guys who liked and played music, read a lot, and have kept in touch and visited all the time. One married the sister of another in second marriages for both, and that's proved more glue.

We live in Marfa, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, Vermont, MA, Cleveland, and--only one--in Rochester NY suburbs where we grew up. Engineering and philosophy professors, music teacher, family business owner, corporate events manager, musician, and me.

We each have a family and visit sometimes that way, but this was just us, together as a group, for the first time in 12 years. Laughing, listening, sharing, counseling, joking, getting on nerves and then off again, and always music music music. And so much was possible with iphone movies (which we posted on YouTube but I figured that would be too much for y'all lol), online music sources, etc. Amazing.

But I'd still check in here each day. Another family--the Special Ops family.

Just wanted to let y'all know what I was up to.

Keep your friends close. :-)

Best, Tom
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