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Yeah, I know: The weekly column is a day late.

But I also know: I told you not to expect another 7D1W column this year, yet here I am.

I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Detroit to see the in-laws. Some of the finest folk this side of the Pecos.

Unfortunately, I like to keep myself on the other side of the Pecos. It's a weird character flaw on my end, spawned from (i) an intense dose of introversion, (ii) time jealousy formed from years as an attorney where every minute is literally worth dollars (which is, in my opinion, the most damning thing about my profession), and (iii) the unfortunate narcissism born of being born the youngest.

I don't know how many years (hours?) I have left on this lovely earth, but I fear I'm not going to get that flaw fixed before I leave. My seven kids have unintentionally tried to beat it out of me but to no avail.

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Listening: "Never Ending Song of Love" by Delaney & Bonnie (1971). I've heard this song off-and-on over the past 40 years. A few years back, I tried hard (using the Google Machine for over an hour) to find a name after hearing it on the radio while driving. I gave up, but then stumbled across it yesterday. It's gotta be one of the best feel-good love songs of all time.

For some reason, I love hearing their friends whooping in the background.

Reading: Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History by Robert Kaplan. I stumbled across this book in my dad's library and started reading it on a whim. I'm having a hard time putting it down. I always knew the Balkans were arguably the most interesting place on earth, but now I know they're the most interesting.

Until next week, thanks for reading.