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…my dad had a passing, chance encounter with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in downtown Milwaukee. At the time, Kareem was playing for the Milwaukee Bucks.

For decades, my dad has told and re-told this story, about how he happened upon Kareem when he was exiting a big and tall store, and how my dad was caught by surprise by the interaction and didn’t say anything to Kareem as he passed by.

About a month ago, I had the idea to contact Kareem and see if he’d send my dad a signed photo, and possibly say something about how he remembered running into him all those decades ago.

I never got a response to my email, but last week my dad got this in the mail:

To Ron, From Kareem

So insanely badass.

Big thanks to Kareem for being a good sport about it… and for giving my dad a second amazing story to tell.

Gonna have to get him a frame,

-Shady

February 19th, 2019: Katherine Bryja Shady

February 19th, 2019: Justin Robert Shady

February 19th, 2019: Grey Danger Shady

February 19th, 2019: West Rebel Shady

February 19th, 2019: Mr. Fabulous

February 19th, 2019: Heisenberg

February 19th, 2019: Exhibit Q

Three-hundred and sixty-five days later.

Again, we’re doing something like this.

Nine years worth… and another one next year,

-Shady

PS: Here’s what the big picture looks like.

Always.

…when I thank Wendy, a loyal reader of The Blarg from Phoenix, for sending a photo of what’s apparently become a reoccurring theme at her local nursery.

Talk to you again next fall, Wendy,

-Shady

February 19th, 2018: Katherine Bryja Shady

February 19th, 2018: Justin Robert Shady

February 19th, 2018: Grey Danger Shady

February 19th, 2018: West Rebel Shady

February 19th, 2018: Mr. Fabulous

February 19th, 2018: Heisenberg

Three-hundred and sixty-five days later.

Again, we’re doing something like this.

Eight years worth… and another one next year,

-Shady

PS: Here’s what the big picture looks like.

Blessed be MY name.

My friends said they’d never accept it. My friends were wrong.

It's the little things.

Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned,

-Shady

Many moons ago.

On Christmas Eve, we realized many things had changed about us over the years.

But not everything.

Many minutes ago.

She’s always has my back,

-Shady

Tiggins shot this photo of Meatshake on Sunday, October 29th, 2017.

Grey still calls out to her,

-Shady

…for sending me this photo from near her place in Phoenix, Arizona!

Thanks, Wendy!

Also, thanks for your support, Wendy.

I do something Shady every single day,

-Shady

with our good friends Emily, Rebecca, and Harry.

Two weeks ago, on February 17th, we jumped in Ireland with our friend Kelsey… and with Grey strapped to my chest.

The 2017 jump photo at O'Brien's Tower at the Cliffs of Moher.

Specifically, this was shot in front of O’Brien’s Tower at the Cliffs of Moher (AKA The Cliffs of Insanity from The Princess Bride) in County Clare.

Sadly, we forgot to jump in London.

Guess we’ll just have to go back,

-Shady

February 19th, 2017: Katherine Bryja Shady

February 19th, 2017: Justin Shady

February 19th, 2017: Grey Danger Shady

February 19th, 2017: Mr. Fabulous

February 19th, 2017: Meatshake

February 19th, 2017: Heisenberg

Three-hundred and sixty-five days later.

Again, we’re doing something like this.

Seven years worth… and another one next year,

-Shady

PS: Here’s what the big picture looks like.

Old Poop!