Gerry went on vacation and left me my photo that I used for my Small Wonder column 10 years ago. I am not sure if I am more shocked by my weight gain, hair loss or just how horrible the deer/tree wood paneling was in the old newspaper office. It’s amazing how a single photo can incite a flood of memories. I moved to Mason in 1998 with an old red ford truck and hope. That red truck and I quickly headed to the golf course, where I met Connie Stockbridge. I thought she ran the golf course, but after she hit me up for my banking business, I realized she only volunteered at the course. Come to find out she volunteers for a lot of worthy projects in Mason. Little did I know that her brother, Gerry, would become first, editor of the Mason County News, and later a great friend. Which leads me back to him.Gerry has taken his first vacation in a long time and will miss his first paper in over 9 years. His response to missing the paper, is to have the paper virtually finished for me before he left. He also left me a 12 page instruction list of to-dos. Starting with--how to make coffee. Actually it was in second place, the first was, turn on the lights. After reading the first to-do, I came to the conclusion, Gerry has very little faith in me. I think that is why we get along. He knows me. And, of course he was right. I did not make the coffee first thing, and Charlie Grosse, showed up with cup in hand. “Where’s the coffee,” he said. Hmm, working on it. I looked at the coffee maker, a fancy one, and looked back at Charlie. Straight face, he said, “Gerry left you instructions.” With the lights on and Charlie happy, I set out to get the News out on the street. If you are reading this, it means Donna, TJ, Tom and I were successful. If you are having to read this on-line and not in print blame Gerry for taking a vacation and of course for those directions he left me.