Tuesday, May 11, 2010

May 11, 2010
My father had an older sister named Doris and she married a doctor from Osage, Iowa. They had a son named Mike, who is two years younger than me. The two cousins, one from Iowa and one from Arizona, always had a blast on the family farm almost every summer. We built go-carts, filmed a movie ("The V-2 Rocket Farm," 1963) and got into rock fights with the Thompson toughs. When I graduated from Mohave County High School in 1965, Aunt Doris and Michael came out to Kingman for the ceremony. While they were in Kingman we went to Vegas and in one of those cheesy photo booths we had our photos taken:

That's me on the left. Like his father, Mike became a doctor, but then moved on to buying hospitals and then casinos. Needless to say, when I have tough financial questions I call my cousin Mike. We don't have a bunch in common but I think it's safe to say we are both stubborn Norwegians.

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