I’m bummed out because I just learned an old friend died. An obituary for my handyman, who I will call “R,” just appeared in the morning paper. R mowed my lawn and did all the odd jobs at my house for the last ten years. Then suddenly I noticed the lawn is getting overgrown and R hasn’t showed up on schedule, but that wasn’t a particularly unusual thing. The odd thing was that he wasn’t answering his cel phone. After R was missing for another week, I checked at his day job and he hadn’t shown up there either, they didn’t know what happened to him. I figured I’d put out an intensive search after the 4th, maybe he was just goofing off and wanted an extended vacation. But now the mystery is solved, with an unhappy ending.