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Jim Andris, Sept. 17, 2003.
Speaking of music, recently I played ragtime piano on the Delta Queen. I was hired by Mariam Edgar, hostess and entertainment director for the ship. Mariam is a life-long friend. We all had a good time, and one lady gave me a dollar tip! The beginning of summer found me visiting Tom and Mary Alice Breiter and their four children in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Tom teaches math at the university there. He and Mary Alice were close friends at Ohio State with me. this fall I got together with Linda Amos in St. Louis who is an Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies at the School of Nursing at Boston University. We also went to school together at Ohio State.
Mom and dad are retired now and come out to visit me every so often in their camper. They just left, in fact, for Arizona and California. Just got a card from mom saying that the Grand Canyon was "truly the land of enchantment," so I guess it is a good trip. Dad sold the store and fishes every day that it is above freezing. Mom is "catching up on her rest" and refinishing furniture, which she does beautifully. Brother Tom has taken over as family "overseer" while dad and mom are away. He has a charming girl friend, and though they would probably shoot me for saying this, they seem pretty serious. Sister Vicki is wife (Jerry Smith) and new mother (Jeffrey Daniel, born Nov. 15, 1972.) I can't wait to visit them at Christmas and try my hand at doting uncle—provided I don't have to change diapers! They have a lovely home in Marietta. Grandmother, bless her heart, is still as alert and active as ever, though she has begun to take the steps one at a time.
Well, that's mainly what's up. I look forward to hearing from you about the latest. Good luck in the coming year.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.