John & Anne Wiley

2013/12/23

Sisses, Bros, & Phone Religions

Sisters
We’re lucky. Anne and I are among those who enjoy warm relationships with our sisters. This is especially nice during the holiday season, when so many of our friends dread difficult times with family. Plus we get to enjoy brief forays into the enchanted realm of Flight, going to visit.

0039 Over LA

0039 Over LA

After so many tormented drives on LA “free” ways to/from San Diego sisters, it’s such a contrast to be truly Free as we happily look down on all that smog and congestion. Occasionally we fly along the mountains, but usually we enjoy the coastal route where people have built dream mansions on the outskirts of the LA nightmare.

0085 Beach Billions

0085 Beach Billions

Not far from Laguna Niguel are mansions (surely very expensive) with private salt water swimming pools on the bluffs.

Brothers
I mentioned Bros in the title because although we each have three sisters and no brothers, we’re lucky in this regard too. First because we have great brothers in law whom we enjoy. Secondly because I had the great good fortune to enjoy a few years with Chris, my “brother” in the wonderful BBBS program.

Crazy With Chris

Crazy With Chris

We had so many fun times during those short years before he sadly moved away. We got to experience the deep caring of brothers we’d both missed out on. So it was delightful to hear from him today that he has a new “Smart” phone and might now be able to be in touch more again. That is, if he can figure out how to work what might actually be a more frustrating model than the ones Anne and I just got.

Religion
In texting with him about it today I realized that smartphones are a new religion.  Smartphones teach us patience and submission, and the fact that an all-powerful entity knows our every thought and action. It seems that Chris, Anne and I are not devotees. 🙂

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