First, we have a request for LC Draco who, LC Aggie Sith informs us, is undergoing surgery for an aneurysm. Having some training in the medical arts myself, I can only say that he’s lucky to have made it to the “undergoing surgery” part, but that doesn’t mean that he’s out of the woods. Prayers would be much appreciated.

Second, another brother of ours who shall remain nameless but is chock full of bona fides (OpSec, particularly in these days), asks that we please offer our prayers for his dad-in-law Syd and his daughter. Syd is in hospice now, but some prayers for him would still not be amiss. Prayers for a miracle or, at the very least, a gentle passing.

And on that note, seeing as how the culprit in Syd’s case is prostate cancer, I’m happy to pass on an urge to male Rotties to swallow your damn pride when the time comes for “bend over and let me stick this finger up your you-know-what.” Sure, it’s an indignity. But not near as bad as dying too soon because it got diagnosed too late. Being of the age where that will pretty soon be a part of my own annual checkup, I appreciate the reminder, because it was something that I really, really wasn’t looking forward to. But I’ll do it. If not for my own sake, then for the sakes of those who for some inexplicable reason would like for me to hang around for a bit longer.

I owe them that much.

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By Emperor Misha I

Ruler of all I survey -- and then some.

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