Chuck invited me in for coffee. I'm not a coffee drinker, so I took a water fill-up instead. Fred and Ralph were really excited about my walk; Ralph showed his admiration with that most universal of gestures: the fist bump. Chuck also said something that I'm quickly coming to understand (I'm paraphrasing): People are the same as they've always been; it's just sensational news coverage (and the human tendency to focus on the sensational) that makes the world seem like such a dangerous place. For the record, this view was excellently expressed by Rosemary in a comment on an earlier post.
Left to right: Shokie (the dog), Fred, Ralph, Courtney, Birdie, Brandon, Chuck