Thank you Franz, !!!!!
I do not talk on the phone or even Skype to Rudi, because: get this . . . . .my German is deteriorating at an exponential rate
I can read it, and understand it as before, but when it comes to speaking or writing, I fail miserably. Part of getting old I guess.
Come to think of it, although more French comes up to the surface , even my native language Dutch is getting worse, and when i talk to the few relatives that are still alive, it is specked with English, because I have to search for the Dutch word.
Oh well, I am thankful for the years I had, and side with Andy Rooney. It's nice to be remembered, but somehow birthdays have lost their luster.
Merry Christmas !!!! to y'all.