No, not in my house suspended from balloons, but UP as in not asleep. I was sitting here reminiscing about my mentor and old friend Bill Mowery. I found out yesterday that he passed away, alone, on December 20th. That hit me hard for many reasons. Since we moved to Florida, I always meant to go see him, he was only 4 or 5 hours drive away, but I never did. He died alone, and I was not there for him.
But what really has me concerned is that I am having problems remembering the names of shipmates! I remember the ship's names, but few shipmate's names come to mind anymore and that bothers me! There are a few who keep in touch with me, and my closest friend, Jerry Hart, but names and faces have faded from memory. Some times, a name pops into my memory and then fades away as quick. I don't know where they are or even if they are alive. bUt for that fleeting moment, they come into memory and then disappear.
This disease is cruel sometimes.