After all, the rain had passed the area and it appeared we would have no rain for the graveside services....I was of course wrong. Probably 50 family and friends were in attendance at the funeral home...most of the old Racquet Club gang had stopped by during the Thursday visitation hours, a few people we expected did not show, but that is understandable....I know how I hate funerals, seldom going to most, even folks I knew well. I can count them on my hand, over the past dozen years, preferring to remember those old friends as they were when I last saw them. But Kent, even though we were not that close, friends yes, for sure, but there was something I felt that I needed to be there. I guess it was because of the fight he put up, something you seldom see in people, many, probably me included, would just chalk it off to bad luck, and cash in our chips...not so with "Captain America".
There after, the old friends, some who I knew and some I didn't, along with the brothers, sister, and nieces, nephews, stood and or sat talking about Kent and his days on this earth and what he meant to all....
51 years, much too short to be sure, but "Captain America" got as much out of those years as possible....right up until the end.
Changes in the Kitchen Plans____
It appears our new kitchen project has been scaled back....that is my doing. I'm sure Patricia is disappointed, but as for me, I just didn't feel like going through the hassle and scrutiny of getting an addition on our mortgage, at 15 years, despite the almost zero rate. So, at least for now, we will get the picture window overlooking the back yard replaced, the floors done, with the newer style, and some other cosmetics and insulation work.....this will probably cost about a third of the $20,000 or more that was going to go into the kitchen.
As I told Patricia..."Hell, if I check out, you can use that bundle of cash from the Life Insurance to get whatever you want done" She looked at me and says "You wanted the new kitchen"....yes, but really not the hassle and the cost. So we will improve it, fix and replace the floors and window, repaint the walls, and see what shakes out down the road....hassles be damned. I'm not sure if she is saddened or relieved....I know I am relieved that the decision appears made.
Photos-Back in December of 2000...the two photos are from the "Ho House Lounge" days at the Racquet Club....this was from Noon or thereabouts, on a Sunday, as we were preparing for the Wallyball Wars, downing a couple of cold ones to get in the mood...Kent in both, and me with a sheet eating grin, "Wulfie" was bartending and snapped the photo. Strohs, just one by me and most at the Wake was downed....the first can is the way it look when brewed in Detroit back in my old Red Door days...the bottom photo is what the new, but not improved, Strohs looks like today, and what we drank yesterday at the Captain's Wake.