Wistful Vista, Ohio

Dear Pam:

Haven’t heard from you for quite a while. so thought I would drop you a note to make sure that you and your family are well and happy (I never worry about the smelly goat). All of us Swines, back here in Wistful Vista, are fine and dandy, things here are just same old, same old. But I have some other news. Your previous house was just re-sold by your purchasers to a very nice, Greek American couple with three children. The new owners are Nick and Anna Filaxis, and have three young children two girls, Arista (10) and Cassandra (7) and a boy, Nicholas Jr (4).

We understand that they relocated to Wistful Vista for employment reasons.  he wife, Anna Filaxis is a licensed dietician and was hired to fill the open vacancy at the High School. Nick is a licensed dentist and bought the local practice from the retiring dentist, Philip D. Molar, DDS. Molar’s practice has been successful for 31 years and I hope that Nick will also do well there. I understand that he is a skilled and experienced dentist, plus also does orthodonture, despite his unfortunate challenge. On first meeting them, I was a little shocked (Pam, you can be sure I kept it to myself!). He is the very first dentist I have ever met whose mouth is entirely toothless.  He also told me and Abel that, because of a very rare pathology of the gums, he was medically forbidden from ever wearing dentures. As a solution to the professional image problem, he said he always wears a white surgical mask when in the office and mostly tries not to smile when not wearing it. Anna offered to teach me to make souvlaki, if I like it, I’ll send you the recipe.

Any new information about your across the road neighbors, the  Salpeters? They sure are mystery to me–  what with not going to church on Sundays and all and keeping that old smelly goat. I tried a few times to discuss them with Abel, but he just snores louder when I go near to him on his rocking chair.

I heard the weather is too hot in El Paso, here it is comfortably cool but much too rainy.

Regards to all from both the girls.


Elvira S.                                                 

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