I don’t mean what I’m about to say as some sort of superior virtue, but I’m kind of insulated from the world. To me life is like watching some epic movie. I’m fascinated to watch it and can react emotionally to it, but I’m not in the movie and don’t have any desire to be in it. I’m just an observer. So what happens, happens. I just hope I can manage to avoid physical pain. Yes, it is a very selfish outlook, and maybe if I had possessed some real talent I would have gotten in the game.

Thanks for your support, Linda.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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