Item 1! Eddy from Pittsburgh contacting me and then burning and mailing at his own expense a CD of the entire bootleg 12/31/80 Kinks concert at the Palladium in NYC, featuring among other wonders the Kinks cover of the Everly Brothers' “Johnny Was a Bird Dog”;
Item 2! Internet friend Steve Simels, the finest rock critic I've virtually known, sending me a (truly) fine hot-off-the-press power pop pop-pop Album-They-Never-Made compilation CD of music that he and his friends made 40 years ago as The Floor Models;
Item 3! Ms. Who showing me the way to finish our driveway repairs so that Casa Who is now accessible to any peace & love type who might want to drop by;
and all this kind of thing, but at the moment, I must note that
Item 4! while I am so grateful to have several great friends, only one of them eats 3 bowls of kibble a day and has courageously deterred an actual imminent mugging of yours truly. That would be my good friend and companion Rusko the Wonder Dog, a stray who Ms. Who rescued when he was a malnourished pup with the help of the good people at our city's animal control.
Now Rusko's a strong 9 month old and a joy to spend the whole day hiking with.