Chris James Posted January 5, 2014 Report Share Posted January 5, 2014 We all have someone in the family who is a little...um, batty is perhaps the polite term. It might be a relative past or present, like the aunt who bakes you sugar cookies when she ought to remember that you're a fledgling diabetic. Or perhaps it was an uncle who drove home from the market and parked the car in the garage...someone else's garage. Or even the cousin with thirty magazine subscriptions she doesn't read. It wouldn't come as a surprise to my family that I think my cousin John is missing a few marbles because I don't think he ever owned any. Lest that seem to indicate he is not intelligent I have to say he does have two PhD's and speaks five foreign languages. I think the marbles comment relates to his common sense. He lives in sunny southern California these days, but he grew up in Miami. He seems to like warmer climates and visits Europe and the Holy Land in the summer every year. He has a compulsive personality and enjoys organizing his life down to the smallest detail, and then tells everyone in the family about it. But other than travel his greatest passion is football and one team, the Green Bay Packers. I don't know why John chose them, he's never lived up north, but he has been a fan for over forty years. I should have known what he was doing when my phone rang yesterday afternoon. "Guess where I am," John said. No hello, he doesn't work like that, just straight to the point. "I'm in Green Bay." "You are out of your mind," I replied. And then he was off and chattering about how he had made the trip, how much warm clothing he had with him and how excited he was going to be when that game started. "You'll be a popsicle," I said during his running commentary. "I've been here in cold weather before..." And he has, but not minus six degrees forecast for the kickoff. If John freezes to death in Green Bay at least he will go with a smile on his face and I suppose that is all we can ask of life. He's still my favorite cousin. Quote Link to comment
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