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The Good Son

Here’s my latest column from today’s SLO City News:

I have been thinking a lot about my friend Steve lately. We’ve known each other for a few years, usually getting together for lunch around town now and then and talking, mostly about our parents. Steve and I were among the fortunate few, fiftysomething guys whose parents were still alive—and still together. We were lucky. Hell, we were blessed.

Our parents all called southern California home. My folks, both 91 and born ten days apart, are living out their days in a Los Angeles nursing home. Steve’s dad turned 93 last year. His mom is 88, so, like a good son, Steve made regular trips to Palm Springs, spending whatever time he could with them, while he could.

Both of us had to learn over time to forgive our parents. And to be forgiven by them, especially for actions typically fueled by alcohol. Steve and I still shudder at those bad choices we made. But he found Jesus. I found Charlotte. We went from wild, rebellious young men to loving, dependable sons, fortunate to enjoy a second chance with our parents.

Steve’s work takes him around the country a lot, but he sometimes calls me from the road, just to check in. “How are your folks,” he wants to know, almost immediately after saying hello. “How’s your mom? How’s your dad?” We act as cheerleader for one another as we brace for the inevitable, reminding each other that we are good sons, that our parents mattered, and that we would be ready to say goodbye.

So when Gerald Ford passed away in December, and the nation began to mourn, I immediately thought of his family, and especially his son Steve and how my friend would cope with it all. I knew this would be an emotionally draining time for him, but I underestimated the glare of the TV camera, the intensity of the national spotlight.

If you or I lose a parent, friends and colleagues know to respect our privacy and give us needed space. But if your dad is a former U.S. president, well, privacy is tossed out the window as the grief spreads exponentially. Cameras pop up everywhere, recording every move, every emotion, splashing it all across newspapers and TV screens, dissected by network analysts and pundits.

So as Steve Ford made his way from San Luis Obispo to Palm Springs, onward to Washington, D.C. and finally to Michigan, the nation tagged along. For six straight days, I swear I could not pick up a paper, click on a Web site, or flip on the TV without seeing Steve. Los Angeles Times. Washington Post. C-SPAN. Yahoo. There he was, trying to hold it together. Being strong for his mom. Strong for his dad. Strong for his country.

Three separate church services. Arrival and departure ceremonies. Spending time in the Capitol Rotunda, greeting many of the 35,000 well-wishers who came to say goodbye to his dad. There he is on TV, helping President Bush escort a fragile Mrs. Ford from the National Cathedral. There he is, at the Michigan church service, standing at the pulpit, reading a passage from the Bible, his voice cracking with obvious emotion. There he is, sitting in the front pew, listening to the likes of Jimmy Carter, Tom Brokaw, and Henry Kissinger praise his father, somehow maintaining his composure.

Yes, I called and emailed my friend a few times during the week, offering my condolences and support. Surprisingly, Steve responded promptly each time, whether from Air Force One or Blair House. There was that familiar voice. “How’s your mom? How’s your dad?” he wanted to know. Even in one of the darkest moments of his life, here was Steve, trying to be encouraging about my family.

Forgive me if I keep the rest of our exchange private, but obviously Steve was overwhelmed by all the love and affection on display for his dad and he was looking forward to coming home to San Luis Obispo.

This much I will say. Rarely have I encountered a son who loved his father as much as Steve Ford. His heart must be shattered in a million tiny pieces. Yet he made this incredible journey in the media spotlight with grace, dignity, and courage. Unlike his dad, famous for the occasional misstep, this Ford didn’t stumble. Not once.

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  1. Bob from San Luis
    January 13, 2007 at 8:19 am

    Dave: It is comforting to watch the sons and daughters of famous people who, when that famous parent dies, the well adjusted individual will step up and show the class that they have by being mature, behaving in an adult, responsible manner. The one parallel that I am reminded of is how Ron Reagan show his class when his father Ronald Reagan died. Even though Ron was kind of a “black sheep” type, he really shined as he helped his family through the turmoil of burying his father. Even though offspring can be in their fifties or sixties when their parents die, there is a change when you realize that you are now the oldest living generation of your family after your parents die. My Mom has been gone for two years now; I still miss bragging to her how great my grown kids are. My Dad has been gone for some fifteen years; he didn’t get to see my kids graduate from high school or college. I do miss them still, even though we were quite normal in that we had our differences and didn’t always see eye to eye. I’ll bet you that Steve Ford had been subconsciously preparing himself for the spectacle that his dad’s funeral was going to be for quite awhile, and knew that he had a role to fulfill, and he did so gracefully.

  2. Marilyn
    January 13, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    Dave,

    There are many of us who are thankful for our fathers. Parents are rarely perfect, but how lucky are the ones who can truly say that they looked up to their fathers despite the imperfection.

    My father died fairly young and after a life of hardship, especially in a war zone and amidst the demands of a tough job and other family responsibilities. He was good at keeping us safe and took care of my brothers and I by anticipating our needs before they occurred. Sadly, he was unable to attend to his own needs. His month of death was January.

    It is good to step back and think of our fathers whom we sometimes take for granted. Not a day goes by that I do not think of mine. I just wish life had been kinder to him as he was kind to those around him.

    I think the death of Gerald Ford struck a cord with many of us, regardless of politics.

    Thanks for sharing that piece.

    Marilyn Farhat.

  3. JerryDinAZ
    January 14, 2007 at 3:06 am

    THE GOOD SON…HATEFUL DEMOCRATS. I HOPE YOU ALL WILL COME TO APPRECIATE ALL THAT PRESIDENT BUSH HAS DONE TO KEEP YOU SAFE FROM THE TERRORIST FREAKS, AND THANK HIM BEFORE HE DIES. IT WOULD BE HIPPOCRITICAL TO GUSH OVER HIM THEN, LIKE YOU ARE DOING NOW OVER FORD.

  4. Dave Congalton
    January 14, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Jerry,

    I can guarantee you that we won’t mourn for Bush like we did for Ford. Gerald Ford was a decent man, who knew how to work with the opposition and the media. He had both integrity and compassion and didn’t let the office become him.

    And, as the column implies, his adult children never embarrassed the White House — unlike the party twins in there now. Why aren’t the Bush girls in uniform, Jerry? Why aren’t those Bush daughters doing a single thing in the counter-terrorism effort?

    The Good Son. The Good Man. The Good Family. The Fords, not the Bushes.

    Once again, you’re grasping for straws, Jerry!

  5. JerryDinAZ
    January 14, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    NO STRAWS HERE! JUST THE FACTS.

    WHY IS CHELSEA CLINTON SITTING ON HER LIL BUTT WHEN HER “MOM” SUPPORTS THE WAR? OR WILL SHE FLIP/FLOP TO APPEASE THE COWARDS?

    WHY DID YOU TAKE A DEFERMENT FROM VIET NAM, OR THREATEN CANADA BECAUSE YOU WOULD NOT FIGHT FOR AMERICA…

    WHY? BECAUSE THEY CAN AND YOU DID!

    WELCOME TO AMERICA THE LAND OF FREEDOM AND CHOICE!
    THAT’S WHY OUR CURRENT ,MILTARY IS 100% VLOUNTEER, WITH REINLISTMENTS AT AN ALL TIME HIGH!

    WE DONT WANT PANTY WAISTED, GUTLESS WHIMPS & FLAMMING MARYS TO DO A PATIROTS JOB!

    JUST SIT BACK AND BITCH…WE’LL KEEP YOU SAFE DISPITE YOURSELVES!

    HOW DARE YOU…OH WAIT! I FORGOT…IT’S NOT YOUR JOB TO DO ANYTHING BUT HATE BUSH. MY BAD.

  6. Dave Congalton
    January 14, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    Chelsea Clinton is irrelevant. Her daddy didn’t start this war. And, yes, I chose not to enlist in Viet Nam.

    But as we discussed with Adam Hill on Friday, there is no sacrifice in this war. This is the first war since 1845 when we didn’t raise taxes.

    And my point about the Ford children versus the Bush girls remains, Jerry. They never did anything to embarrass the country. Meanwhile the Bush girls just last month were asked to leave Argentina because of their antics.

    We’ve got 3000 dead American soldiers and the Bush girls can’t even put o a uniform? I’m not asking them to go to Iraq, but can’t they do SOMETHING to underscore this global war on terror?

    By the way, those Bush girls couldn’t hold a candle to Chelsea Clinton.

    So Jerry, are you going to move to Mexico once the Democrats take back the White House in ’08?

  7. JerryDinAZ
    January 14, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    THE HATE, THE ANGER, THE GNARR THAT YOU DEMS HAVE.

    I PITY YOU. DEEPLY.

    IN KEEPING WITH WHAT OF YOUR HERO SAID DAVE…

    “HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY UNDERSTAND OR EVEN ATTEMPT TO COMMENT ON CHILDREN WHEN YOU HAVEN’T HAD ANY YOURSELF? (BABWA BOXLESS)

    HOW CAN YOU COMMENT ON THE WORTHINESS AND SUCCESS OF ANY WAR WHEN YOU WOULD HAVE RAN TO CANADA TO STAY OUT OF THE MILITARY.

    THERE ARE LIMITS AND BOUNDARIES…LOOK BEHIND YOU! SEE THEM? WAY OFF IN THE BACKGROUND! YOU CROSSED EM LONG AGO.

    NOW LET US GET BUSY AT WINNING THIS WAR, PROVING ALL YOU COWARDS WRONG, AND PREPARING THE NEXT REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS.

    ALL THE TIME NOT RAISING TAXES (AS YOU LIBS LOVE TO DO) AND KEEP OUR ECONOMY THE STRONGEST IT HAS BEEN IN A VERY LONG TIME! TAXING IS NOT THE ANSWER DAVE. ITS AN EXCUSE!

    ENJOY THE GAME TODAY! GO BEARS! AND THE REST OF YOUR WEEKEND.

  8. Anonymous
    January 14, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    Prince Harry is being deployed to Iraq. If it’s good enough for the British to send their First Family members off to war . . . .

  9. Bob from San Luis
    January 14, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    If it’s good enough for the British to send their First Family members off to war . . . . but you see, that is another “good” son. You could argue that the British Royal Family instills a sense of honor to their members, so long as you leave out the much publicized sexual shenanigans. As a comparison, even though the first daughters have a “party girl” reputation, if they were to volunteer for some sort of public service in support of the father’s Iraqi debacle, young people of all walks might view the Iraq situation differently. I just don’t see them being selfless enough to actually do anything.

  10. Rich from Paso
    January 15, 2007 at 5:10 am

    Dave: Your argument that the Bush children don’t put on a uniform therefore they are unworthy of respect is specious. Jenna Bush is a school teacher and Barbara works with pediatric AIDS. I thought teachers were beyond criticism and ridicule. Pediatric AIDS doctor? Doesn’t get more noble than that, right? But they aren’t “sacrificing” so they suck is what you are saying. I suppose the PeaceCorps is not “serving” either. And as for sacrifice, what have YOU sacrificed for our men and women in uniform? Certainly isn’t your very expensive vacation to the bottom of the world, is it? Since when does raising taxes equal sacrifice anyway? Only in liberal minds I guess. By the way, military service is a requirement of every male in the British Royal Family and most serve in the Royal Marines, just so you know. Here across the pond, we have this thing called “an all-volunteer military”. This country learned that people who choose to do something perform better than those that are forced to do something. Besides I thought all you liberals were “pro-choice”. I guess that choice counts only when you want to see human fetuses slaughtered but not if you don’t want to serve in the military when your last name is Bush. On that note, every liberal would cheer if jenna Bush said she wanted to get an abortion as another thumb in the eye of her Old Man. Liberal hypocracy at it’s finest.

    You know, all you Bush haters have totally lost your minds. I saw a dollar bill today in my wallet where some idiot stamped “Bearer despises Bush” as if teh merchant taking my dollar will go “Hell yeah!” and actually acknowledge the stamp. They went so far as to stamp it on the back. How infantile! All of you hate-mongers on the left that rail against Bush are poinsoning your very souls with all of this hatred. Republicans NEVER hated Clinton. He was boorish and crass and a philander, but he’s articulate and a motivator so he won the White House and the right put up with him for 8 years. However, when Bush comes into office, liberal tyrue colors came through. Liberals hate with such a pure conviction that I have never seen in any other American not affilitated with the Black Panthers, Ku Klux Klan or the Aryan Brotherhood. Liberals have tured hatred into a high art worthy of praise in liberal circles. Even Bush’s children are scorned and lampooned, totally unlike Chelsea, who was verboten from any mocking or ridicule. Still is actually.

    I fear for this country as it slides toward a Tyranny of the Compassionate Pseudo-Intellectual(that’s all you “progressives”) The Compassionate Pseudo-Intellectual feel so much for the downtrodden and they are so smart, they will try to tell me how much is the right tax amount to pay, what my sacrifice is worth, what to eat, what to drive, what to watch, what my children should learn in school, etc etc, all in the name of Compassion. The Compassionate Pseudo-Intellectual is a pacifist that sees no value in standing militaries (they are provacative and make people hate us). One thing Bush has done to the Compassionate Pseudo-Intellectual is scare the bejesus out them with the doctrine of “preventive war” (repudiated as ineffective with the Iraq War just so you know). Because of the premptive war doctrine, Liberals seek to raise the burden of proof so high that no future Commander-in-Chief will be able to deploy the military in defense of the country without a mushroom cloud rising over an American city. The Compassionate Pseudo-Intellectual seeks only diplomacy, “talk” if you will, since our enemies are just like us and respond to logic (which they don’t). So with an immascualated military and an American public so leery of a single American “all volunteer” military member’s death, our enemies will roam the planet with impunity.

    But have no fear, Mr and Mrs America. There are people in our country that will defend it and your right to choose to eat fatty foods, or to shop at Wal-mart, or to drive an SUV, or smoke, or play violent video games, or even get an abortion if you want. After all, they are all legal things to do. So go ahead and have a great time in Antarctica, Dave, the America you love when you left will be here when you get back, even with Bush in the White House.

    For your next trip when you are all rested up, I highly recommend a very informative trip to Iraq and see the country for yourself… if you have the guts.

  11. Bob from San Luis
    January 15, 2007 at 6:28 am

    Rich, Rich, Rich: Republicans NEVER hated Clinton. Where you on drugs during the nineties? The money spent by the independent counsel alone was seventy million dollars; add another thirty some odd million for other investigations and there was some one hundred million dollars spent investigating President Clinton- is that because he was “tolerated” by the right? Rich, you are deluded if you seriously believe that the right didn’t “hate” President Clinton.
    Getting back to the subject of the Bush children being “good sons/daughters”; even if they are doing “good” work as a teacher and a pediatric aids doctor, is it really helping that they have such a “party girl” reputation that they did get kicked out of Argentina? Go back through as many Presidents that you care to and look at the behavior of their children while that President was serving; Ron Reagan was ridiculed because he was a “dancer”. That was a supposed big deal, certainly not anything to compare to the Bush twins epic drinking bouts. You may mention Billy Carter but he was the brother of President Carter, not an offspring. The point here is that although they may be doing “good work”, their method of “relaxing” by partying does detract from any positives they may garner. By doing some sort of volunteer work supporting the troops, a series of fundraisers to earn money to help military personnel, something to show a caring attitude; they don’t have to be in the military, but by not making any effort to show support to the policy of their father, the children of President Bush have left him appearing to not relating to their generation.

  12. Dave Congalton
    January 15, 2007 at 6:32 am

    Rich,

    A school teacher? Someone who works with pediatric AIDS. Are we talking about the same Bush girls? Next thing you’re going to try and tell me is that George Bush actually reads all those books they claim he does.

    Yeah, right. How about this:

    “After days of stories of drunk partying coming out of Argentina, including allegations that the Bush twins have been running nude in the halls of their hotel, US embassy officials have “strongly suggested” that they leave the country.”

    To paraphrase Simon & Garfunkel, “Oh, where have you gone Steve Ford? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.”

    Put those drunks in a uniform and have them assume some responsibility.

  13. JerryDinAZ
    January 15, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    YOU HATE SO MUCH THAT EVEN CHILDREN ARE FAIR GAME FOR YOU.
    HOW SAD…
    HOW PATHETIC…

  14. Lloyd
    January 15, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    The twins were asked to leave Argentina.Barb and Jenna were literally running naked through the halls of their exclusive hotel, while the twins’ Secret Service team has apparently completely abandoned the gals. Bush can’t raise children let alone take care of a country. He’s the worst ever.

  15. Rich from Paso
    January 15, 2007 at 5:30 pm

    You guys prove my point about hating so much. At least they weren’t protesting their country while not inhaling in a foreign country like another well-known party boy. I’m telling you , all this hatred is poisoning your souls and warping your personalities. You need to give this hate up, you really do.

    Bob, you have to separate legality from hate. The Republicans didn’t spend all that money on the Clinton out of hate, it was because the Republicans felt the American people had elected a true criminal to the White House (and rightly so, if you ever look at what the Whitewater deal was really about). Bill Clinton represented everything loathed about the Democrat Party: he is (not was) a lying, philandering, pension stealing, accused rapist and they felt, for the good of the coutnry, that he had to be removed. Politicians are calculating enough to kow that to fail on proving their case would damage them and it did. The venom and vitriol stirred up over the impeachment has scarred all you liberals into this pure hatred you feel for Bush.

    As for the Bush Twins, didn’t you write this Dave: “Both of us had to learn over time to forgive our parents. And to be forgiven by them, especially for actions typically fueled by alcohol. Steve and I still shudder at those bad choices we made. But he found Jesus. I found Charlotte. We went from wild, rebellious young men to loving, dependable sons, fortunate to enjoy a second chance with our parents”

    So, you and Steve Ford got your chance to grow up and be responsible and the Bush Twins get to go to hell? What kind of hypocrite are you?

    Since you don’t believe it when I tell you what the Bush Twins have been up other than partying in Argentina, here are some links:

    Jenna with UNICEF

    Barbara Bush in S. Africa

    Jenna to be a school teacher in D.C.

    So, maybe George did read all of those books.

    When are you heading over to Iraq?

  16. Bob from San Luis
    January 15, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    Let’s see, Barbara and Jenna Bush, born 1981 which means they are 25 years old; not exactly children, even though they are the President’s children, they are by all accounts, grown ups of legal age. Many who do sign up for the military are younger than 25; are they children?

  17. Rich from Paso
    January 15, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    You guys prove my point about hating so much. At least they weren’t protesting their country while not inhaling in a foreign country like another well-known party boy. I’m telling you , all this hatred is poisoning your souls and warping your personalities. You need to give this hate up, you really do.

    Bob, you have to separate legality from hate. The Republicans didn’t spend all that money on the Clinton out of hate, it was because the Republicans felt the American people had elected a true criminal to the White House (and rightly so, if you ever look at what the Whitewater deal was really about). Bill Clinton represented everything loathed about the Democrat Party: he is (not was) a lying, philandering, pension stealing, accused rapist and they felt, for the good of the coutnry, that he had to be removed. Politicians are calculating enough to kow that to fail on proving their case would damage them and it did. The venom and vitriol stirred up over the impeachment has scarred all you liberals into this pure hatred you feel for Bush.

    As for the Bush Twins, didn’t you write this Dave: “Both of us had to learn over time to forgive our parents. And to be forgiven by them, especially for actions typically fueled by alcohol. Steve and I still shudder at those bad choices we made. But he found Jesus. I found Charlotte. We went from wild, rebellious young men to loving, dependable sons, fortunate to enjoy a second chance with our parents”

    So, you and Steve Ford got your chance to grow up and be responsible and the Bush Twins get to go to hell? What kind of hypocrite are you?

    Since you don’t believe it when I tell you what the Bush Twins have been up other than partying in Argentina, here are some links:

    Jenna with UNICEF

    Barbara Bush in S. Africa

    Jenna to be a school teacher in D.C.

    So, maybe George did read all of those books.

    When are you heading over to Iraq?

  18. Rich from Paso
    January 15, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    Blogger is sucking today. Sorry for the double post.

  19. Rich from Paso
    January 15, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    Blogger is sucking today. Sorry for the double post.

  20. Dave Congalton
    January 15, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    Rich,

    Nice try, my friend, but you can’t compare Steve Ford to the Bush twin, Jenna and Barbara — or as their friends call them, J & B.

    Gerald Ford never launched an unpopular war in Iraq. He didn’t have upwards of 75% of all Americans against him.

    And Steve Ford never embarrassed his father publicly. You don’t have press accounts of Steve Ford being asked to leave Argentina in 1975 because of his public behavior.

    The father has called the nation to war. He has put us in harm’s way — so what are his children doing. Not a thing. Have another drink, ladies.

    And Jerry— you say I can’t comment on children of a First Family??? You obviously forget how often Rushbo went after Chelsea, publicly mocking the way she looks.

  21. elle in los osos
    January 15, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    The Bush twins were hard drinking partiers even before they got the University of Texas. Nothing has changed since.

  22. Rich from Paso
    January 16, 2007 at 12:14 am

    Okay, Dave, so you admit to being a hypocrite since I was talking about YOU and STEVE FORD not anyone else in relation to J & B (yes I know that is a brand of scotch). YOU and STEVE FORD grew up and became responsible, but you are telling me that your crystal ball sees only drunkeness and debauchery? Whatever. You are so sad. But you know what? This is all pointless and so is your rantings against this president. President Bush, nor anyone in his family I suspect, will ever have the words “Dave Congalton” pass from their lips. So hate on with your bad self, Dave. Go ahead and drag his daughters through the mud all you want. You have shown you are well hydrated with Hater-aid. Fact is the entire Bush family will not lose a moments sleep over your hatred or the decisions they have made in your name.

  23. Anonymous
    January 16, 2007 at 12:50 am

    Hopefully this vacation Dave is taking will refresh his spirit…often when a vacation is so needed & not realized…one does not even realize how hateful & angry they sound. You DO need to get away Dave…and I pray your happy self will return with lot’s of JOY for all the blessings you have.

  24. baywood jim
    January 16, 2007 at 1:34 am

    Bush won’t loose any sleep over any of us. We just loose sleep him.
    It is a tough, thankless job no doubt, but his naive policy in Iraq is deadly. What about letting hoards of illegals roll through anytown USA.
    Bush is overmatched at best. The big problem for us is that Hillary’s crew will be worse.
    America needs a leader, not a politcan.

  25. JerryDinAZ
    January 16, 2007 at 2:59 am

    HATE HATE HATE…ANGER ANGER ANGER…YOU LIBERALS HAVE THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND CAN’T AND WON’T DO SQUAT BECAUSE YOU ARE ALL SO FULL OF HATE AND ANGER YOU CAN’T SEE THROUGH TO DEVELOP A PLAN AND PRESENT IT LIKE A NORMAL PERSON/PARTY!
    I’M TELLING YOU ALL…AND LISTEN UP! THIS HATE HAS CHANGED YOUR PERSONALITIES…IF LEFT UNCHECKED IT WILL BE THE DEATH OF YOU.
    RELAX, CHILL OUT, WALK ON THE BEACH…DO WHATEVER YOU NEED TO TO GET YOUR HEADS OUT OF THAT N=MUD HOLE!
    PEACE OUT

  26. Dave Congalton
    January 17, 2007 at 6:23 am

    Jerry,

    You’re the guy full of hate and anger — YOU’RE THE ONE TYPING IN CAPS.

    And Anonymous, I do need a vacation, but that has nothing to do with the Bush twins. They epitomize that old saying about “being born on third base and thought they hit a triple.” I think they’re spoiled brats and my frustration level rises with each body bag that comes home.

    Rich, you’re right. Bush doesn’t know me. Never will. My name will never cross his lips — not that he could ever pronounce Congalton correctly. It doesn’t matter. I have the right to be critical of this president and this policy in Iraq. I’m merely exercising my freedom of speech.

  27. Rich from Paso
    January 17, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    ALL OF YOU LIBERALS NEED TO GROW UP AND STOP PLAYING INTO JERRY’S HAND BY ACCUSING HIM OF YELLING. UPPER CASE IS A font, NOTHING MORE. THE SAME JACKASS THAT CAME UP WITH “EMOTICONS” IS THE ONE THAT SAID THAT CAPS IS YELLING. JERRY LAUGHS HIMSELF UNTIL HE NEARLY PEES HIS PANTS EVERY TIME YOU ALL GET WORKED UP OVER IT. I KNOW THIS BECAUSE HE HAS TOLD ME AS MUCH.

    I LaUgH aT yOu GuYs gEtTiNg AlL wOrKeD uP oVeR tHe fOnT jErRy tYpEs WiTh. yOu aLl HaVe ToO mUcH tImE oN yOuR hAnDs.

  28. JerryDinAZ
    January 17, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    RICH? WHERE IS YOUR TONGUE? OH LOOK! THERE IT IS! IT’S IN YOUR CHEEK!

  29. Anonymous
    January 18, 2007 at 3:21 am

    Dave said: “Rich, you’re right. Bush doesn’t know me. Never will. My name will never cross his lips — not that he could ever pronounce Congalton correctly.” Dave…TOM can’t even pronounce your name correctly on a regular basis…and we don’t hold that against HIM.
    PLEASE….take your vacation & trust me…you will feel a LOT better. Godspeed. Go have some FUN!!! It will do us ALL some good!

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