June 18, 2023

From Gerald R. Lucas

Happy Father’s Day

And it was a great one for me. We’ve been in Dayton, OH, for the last couple of days, first to celebrate Spencer’s completion of his residency on Friday night, and now to relax a bit after a hectic couple of days. Tomorrow, we’ll see Mom, and Tuesday—after a drive to Pigeon Forge—we’ll see Sharon and Dad. What a whirlwind trip, but I’m happy to report that Max has done great, despite the numerous traffic delays we unfortunately encountered—Atlanta being the worst.

Robertino, Henry, and Max

We’ve done the usual so far: Graeter’s and Skyline (both twice), and of course we went to Cassano’s for pizza last night. I did a three-mile run this morning from our excellent AirBnB, just south of downtown Dayton. We’re near Carillon Historical Park by the Great Miami River, so I took advantage of that for a bit of much-needed movement. Of course we do not eat very healthily while traveling, so I had to make up for it a bit.

We finally got to meet Robertino, my new nephew, son of Spencer and Lisced. He’s about two months old than Max, but looks like a one-year-old. He’s a chill and curious baby. We sat the boys on the couch for a little photo. Max wasn’t feeling it, but I got one good shot with the iPhone.

I’m currently reading Ted Chiang’s Stories of Your Life and Others, and these stories are excellent. Why I have I not read Chiang until now—other than Story of Your Life a few years ago. So far, each has been a gem. I’ll have more to say about this soon.

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there. I hope yours was as great as mine.