An e-mail from my grandfather today:


I mailed you something today and I’m really anxious to see what your response is when you get it.


I love surprises! I hope it’s not something that I have to feed …

The other e-mail from him today:

To all my internet friends

I am going to the hospital for surgery on Wednesday May 21st. I will have an arthritic shoulder joint replaced. The left one. I had the right one done about 5 years ago. I’m supposed to be in the hospital for about 3 days so don’t flood me with emails while I am gone.


He might be trying to revive his baseball career. I’m pretty sure we’re (somehow) related to pitcher Burleigh Grimes. (If you’re not keeping up on family history, my grandfather’s mother’s maiden name was Grimes.)