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I said goodbye to an 88-year-old friend last week who was leaving for Colorado, not to return until next summer. His health was in serious decline. I've only known him for seven or eight years, but I've enjoyed his company immensely. He is charming, quick-witted, full of humor and just plain fun to be around. When he left he shook my hand, looked me in the eye and said, "I hope our paths cross again." I blinked, and all I could say in reply was, "I hope so too."

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