middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel «« Friends in the outer sphere of friendship can be lost without a lingering painful emotion. Sometimes the end comes with bitterness, which is more difficult than slipping away or getting notice of death, but under all circumstances, “friend” does not require: “til death”. In this outer-sphere collection of friends I lost a mass of them that in retrospect was more based on membership than authentic friendship. Marcus is the one from that collection of wholesaled friends that has lingering periodic emotional pain, but it’s mild even when I recall reach out and get nothing like recently. The Marcus collection of wholesaled friends included fellow members who I invested in including one family, the Brandts, I remember assisting in a relocation of mom, dad and four daughters. My link to the mom and the dad was lost, and my loss hurts by comparison, because of my investment in them. All this preamble for this point: I have an illiterate friend, and matching literate and non-literate people makes for a nice outer-sphere friendship. Unlike the Brandts where I look back feeling foolish for overinvesting I have no such risk of overreach with my illiterate amigo. I’ve done favors for him that I know from his expression of thanks that my small favor scored with an inflated bang. Dear kind readers: Please note: literacy is not binary, so calling this man illiterate is not factually correct, but I draw a line in this gray area of literacy and illiteracy and I put this friend on the illiterate side. Sincerely, Tom Doody. I want more illiterate amigos. »» about me 302-990-2346 contact us

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middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel
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