my good friend the mermaid and her friend just scooted out of town. I hope they send me some pictures soon because they took so many good ones of our 43 hours together. I think it has been close to 7 years since ive seen mermaid and she is just the same beautiful joyful individual that I remember. we talked a lot about the lasting influence we had on each other and I knew it was a lot but I didn’t know just how much my short time with her had altered me. one simple way is that I call my parents “my folks” and have since I heard her call her parents that. I thought it was cute and old fashioned. I have another friend that I have never met coming into town late late this evening but I feel like I have known this person for as long as I’ve known mermaid. lotsa influencing of the spheres going on.