I'm leaving Arizona the middle of next week and saying goodbye to my son and daughter. I'll then be driving to upstate New York, and visiting for about a week, and then saying goodbye to another of my sons. After that, I'm driving to northern Maine and touching base and saying my farewells to my youngest son and my remaining siblings and friends, and then......FINALLY, packing my car away in storage and putting it behind my garage (still mine until my brother buys the place). Then the biggest fear of all, I'll be renting a car and driving to JFK airport and making a 2nd attempt at taking off to Manila. I really hate flying, but, that's the only realistic way to get there. It has been a very long year. I was supposed to have already been over there this time last August, and settled down in a place by now. I've told all my kids that they need to get their passports and come visit because I doubt I'll be able to fly for a few years after this. So, who has the SM waiting, and what bar will I normally find any of you folks at? So, wish me luck all, and I truly look forward to meeting all of you that are there and really just looking forward to learning about the culture and how to fit in and carve out a nice life with some good friends that I meet along the way.