Glenn Youngkin’s Balancing Act Is Almost Over

Will he make it to the other side or fall into the netting?


Free Advice…

Back when I was in college, I lived in a high-rise apartment building that was pretty nice. A couple of ballplayers lived there during the season, but a lot of independent older adults did too, because it was connected to a hotel. And there was free breakfast.

A guy named Max lived around the corner from me, and we’d often see each other in the morning getting free bagels. Over time, Max and I became friends and he’d always dispense grandfatherly advice to me, whether I sought it or not. (I still had two grandparents at the time.) It was a perk of the building having Max as a neighbor, and boy, did he like to talk politics.

I can’t adequately do him justice, but here’s a snippet from his obituary.

Served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII from 1941-1945 and saw action in North Africa, Sardinia, Corsica and Italy. Participated in 4 amphibious invasions and was among the first GI's to liberate Rome in 1944. Graduated from the University of Illinois in 1949 and DePaul Law School in 1951. A distinguished law practice collimated in arguing a landmark case before the Illinois State Supreme Court. Max was passionately devoted to two life long past times, arguing loudly and eating large quantities of overripe fruit.

I never found out what landmark case he argued. But I always regret not staying in touch, even though he died a year after they evicted us from the building to convert it to luxury condos.

Little did I know, shortly after college, I was going to get a lot of new Maxs in my life. Arizona has a lot of retirees who like making life difficult for young legislative staffers because why the hell not?

One was Walter Pack. A Cleveland native, he “served in the Army Air Force during WWII earning his Air Crew Wings as Armorer-Gunner with a B-25 Squadron. Walter retired after a manufacturing career of more than 25 years; his most memorable position being Plant Manager of U.S. Divers Co. working closely with Jacques Cousteau.” Walt liked to make little sketches and send them to our office.

So, when I read this story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about a bunch of older guys giving free advice, it made me smile and think of Max and Walt and my grandparents.

Maybe it’ll make you smile, too. As Walt used to close his emails: “every day above ground is a good day.” Indeed.

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