1. The Deke and Vickie and Alan and I started out day off perfectly at Daft Badger Brewing in Coeur d'Alene. It might be the most handsomely constructed and inviting brewery of all the ones I've visited. It was our lucky day. I have know owner Darrell Dlouhy since the fall of 1972 and he was in the house, working away, and came over for some good conversation. In addition to the pleasure of seeing Darrell, I loved my two half pours of Final Mile Golden Ale -- might be the tastiest Golden Ale I've ever had -- and the BLT the Deke and me split popped with multiple flavors. The Deke, Alan, and Vickie left because I had other plans in Coeur d'Alene and I sat wistfully for a while, wishing that we could see Vickie and Alan more often, but happy we've seen them twice in the last year.
2. Scott swung by the Daft Badger and picked me up so we could go visit our boyhood friend Steve Jaynes as he recovers from having suffered a ruptured aorta. Steve seemed to me to be doing beautifully. We had a fun conversation, he got up so Paula could take a picture of him and Scott and me. I thought he was moving around well and looked very good. What a relief it was to see him progressing so steadily after the terrible scare his near death experience gave all of us who know him and care so much for him.
3. Scott gave me a lift down to the Shopko parking lot where Ed was waiting so that he and I could make a trip down to Worley and try our luck at the casino. Ha! The highlight of the trip, for me, was a spicy bowl of chicken tortilla soup and a pint of Star Dust IPA at the Red Tail Bar and the great conversations I had with Ed.