Larry Smith had shoulder replacement surgery Wednesday afternoon.

I stopped by the hospital yesterday morning to visit him.

He is well!

I expected to see Larry lying in pain. Pressing the morphine button every time he felt a pain shot coming.

It was not that way.

Larry was propped up in bed. A bright smile on his face. Talking non stop.

He was in terrific shape. God bless! I had expected the contrary.

A speedy recovery, my friend!

Peter Diamond was visiting Larry also. I have not run into Peter in quite a while. It was good to see him. Peter is a vocalist and appears at many of the leading Key West haunts.

Lunch at the Yacht Club. Then a bit of grocery shoping. The cupboard was bare.

Last night bocci! Always a big night!

It was fun!

How did we do? Better than expected.

We played the #2 team from last season. We were the cellar team last season.

We won 1 out of 3 games. Almost was 2!

On the first 2 rolls of the first game, our opponents scored a 3 and a 4 respectively. The game was only a couple of minutes old and we were losing 7-0. We were beaten decisively in that first game.

The second game was close. We lost by 2 points. It was a neck and neck battle.

The third game was a blow out! We beat them like 16-6.

We all played better. We all played well–on occasion. That is one of our problems. Lack of consistency. However, we recognize it and are working to overcome.

The season will not be as bad as the last one. Last season we only won 4 games. Already in 3 weeks this season, we have won 2. That is progress!

Playing were David, Don, Rob, Michael, Keith and me. Keith is David’s son. This is his first season as a bocci player. He was outstanding last night! Jules was in New Orleans visiting girl friends. We missed her hook shot.

I have no plans for today. Nothing to do. It is going to be an interesting day.

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