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Harry, thank you very much for your kind words. I delighted you enjoyed it.

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This is gorgeous, Ben. A different world for me - brought up in the UK - but I can just picture you and your dad and the warmth between you is palpable. Lovely, thank you.

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Jackie, thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. This one was special to write.

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I can imagine, Ben. It's lovely...

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Delightful Ben! For me it was Jerry West and Walt Frazier in the backyard driveway. Hoops was our thing. Thanks for evoking the fun memories.

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Dee, Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Bird and Magic played countless games in my driveway. At a much younger age, I can't tell you how many times the ACC tournament was played on the Nerf hoop on my bedroom door.

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Ben, this is great! Did you grow up in Brazil, or was this a visit? Sorry I'm just now catching up!

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Andrew, thanks for the kind words. I appreciate them. I was born in Brazil and lived there until we moved back before first grade. I have great memories of it, most the ones in this piece, the botanical garden, and a very special person.

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Very nice! I visited Rio in 2004 and 2005. I really had a great time during that return visit (a longer trip). We had a feijoada (sp?) with my friend's family, and of course I got to eat açaí and coconut water consistently.

I think we stayed in Rio proper, but I spent time in Copacabana, Leblon, and Ipanema.

I probably almost gave myself colon cancer with the churrascarias.

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This is beautiful Ben - wonderful memories so tenderly captured

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Harry, thank you very much for your kind words. I delighted you enjoyed it.

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