Mentoring and friendship should always flow in both directions, Fred, and be healthy for both friends.

I think we manage that pretty darn well, and I’m enormously pleased that you think so too.

And of course you’ve always been much more valuable than a “grumpy, angsty, stressy 18 year old,” though maybe you were those things once. I don’t remember it that way.

I have no idea how or why I have a friend living in Southwest England, but I’m so glad, because I’ve learned so much from you.


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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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