fung_derf Wednesday, 08/22/12 03:35:44 PM Re: None Post # of 32415 Excerpt from Misty May's book..... A family friend, Ed(E.T.)Thompson, also lent a hand, planting gardens for Mom, as well as sprucing up the yard. That meant a lot to all of us, because Mom had always loved being surrounded by nature. My parents had met E.T. decades earlier at Muscle Beach, when he'd borrowed a volleyball from Dad, then sold it for a quart of beer. In the mid-1990's while house sitting for my parents when they were playing in the US Senior Nationals, E.T. sold Dad's truck for crack cocaine. My parents returned from the tournament, realized the truck was gone, threw E.T. out of the house, and called the police. Finaly in 1999 or 2000, E.T. sobered up. When Mom was diagnosed with cancer, she decided to reconcile with him. In fact, Mom compiled a list of people who'd affected her negatively or had done her and Dad wrong over the years. "We've got to forgive them", she told Dad. So almost a decade after banishing E.T. from our house, Dad and Mom welcomed him back, with open arms.