Cliff loved puzzles and was a puzzle himself. He was challenging; running you through a series of innocuous questions inevitably leading to a conclusion he hand-picked for you. Cliff had many confusing personas; the unassailable hero dentist, the community builder, the mischief-prone Rotarian, and the relentless, obnoxious contrarian. He remarked that his favorite compliment came from Mayor Billy Kenoi as Cliff walked in, “you see that guy,” said Billy, “he’s a son of a bitch but he gets things done.” Cliff highly valued both descriptions. Nevertheless, Cliff was truly pleasurable company.
As an airline pilot, my age will force me out of a job in a few months when I turn 65. Consequently, I’m taking a much more personal interest in both Social Security and Medicare, which the Republicans are determined to do away with. It might be fun to watch as the Tea Partiers and Trumplets get exactly what they voted for, were it not for the fact that the hardship will fall on all the rest of us as well. And I expect that when it does, they will not blame their Greedy Old Party.