I bought a bird and a whale. We drove to LaConner and Edison, ate landjaeger and coconut cookies and salmon in the garden without even a wasp to trouble us. The drive from LaConner to Portland was long but went so fast there was barely time to listen to Abbey Road. The family barbecue lasted for hours and the street was filled with the gunpowdered confetti of spent fireworks and the ice cream man came by in a mini-van and we all thought the popsicles were cheap when you really think about what you're getting. Missed you lots.