My cousin Greg is the director of public works for Merrill, a Mayberry-ish town in southern Oregon. I was planning to visit him this past year, as I had not seen him in a while. In fact, the last time I stopped by Merrill, his oldest son was playing Little League. So when I called him and asked “how’s the little guy doing?” his reply caught me off guard: “He’s doing great, just turned 30.” He followed that up by insisting I stop by and assuring me we ...

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