On second thought...Hick has been communicating in his regular manner. Punctuation is not his friend. It's like my old nemesis, technology. And geography.
Sunday, on the way home from the casino with Genius and his Friend, I got a message responding to my report on Hick's query about our win/loss totals.
"Doing any better still train riding another hour"
I relayed that Genius was down, I was down $40 more than Genius, and Friend was up $40 for the day.
"O well almost to the hotel be careful Love you both"
"Sorry, Friend. Genius's dad says that he loves us both. I guess he likes you well enough...but he didn't mention it."
"Huh. Maybe he meant that he loves me and Genius, and left YOU out!"
"That's a possibility. You never know, the way he texts."
Later Sunday evening, Hick sent more code.
"I'm at the Hotel in my room shower and bed"
"Is it all one piece?" [asked Val, remembering the last time Hick sent a picture on one of his
"No I'll take a picture love you"
And the next morning, which was the shank of my evening, at 1:31 a.m., Hick got right back to keeping me apprised of his situation.
"Good morning having breakfast"
"What do they give you, Swedish fish?" [said the non-world-traveler Val, who had a JV football coach for her History and Geography teacher, yet made VALEDICTORIAN in spite of it]
"Scrambled eggs and bacon and grapes"
"They have boiled eggs and cold meats and fruit salads and cereals too"
"I'm shocked you're not having a pile of cold meats."
"No no cold meat" [said the Carnivore Laureate of Backroads, renowned for fitting (and eating) an entire rump roast in his towering bowl of Vegetable Beef Soup, carefully leaving out the 'juice']
"What are you now, a gourmet?"
"No no gourmet just telling you what they have in room now getting ready to go he will pick us up at 830"
Later in his day, and earlier in my next one...Hick reported that he was back from the hockey game he was taken to for his entertainment [who knew the Swedishans were so into hockey? Not this ol' Val] and that he'd had a great time.
"I'm watching a little TV then shower and bed"
No. I didn't ask him if the shower and bed was all one piece. Or why he was watching them.