Got up at 7 am this morning. Keith wanted to leave to head home at 9:30 and I had to leave at 10:30 to drive up to Sunland to meet Ben's best buddy Ed to have lunch with him at the Sizzler. When Ed and I sat down at Sizzler and the waitress came over, she was the waitress who used to wait on us back when Ben and I used to meet Ed at this same Sizzler. She said “Oh, there's only 2 of you today”, so I had to tell her that Ben passed away 2 ½ years ago. It was a beautiful day here in SoCal...in the mid 70s and breezy. The house sure felt empty (except for Hiker being here) when I got home from my lunch with Ed. When Keith comes and stays for 5 or 6 days, when he leaves, it always feels that way.