We were running some errands in the Twin Cities and decided to stop in and see an ailing friend. His wife greeted us with a warm welcome, and we entered to find our friend rallying a bit and sitting in an easy chair, wrapped in a blanket, and surrounded by his brother (also a friend), his two affable sons and one daughter-in-law. Under the coffee table lay a large, friendly-looking dog, stretched out the full length of the table.
Although, as it turned out, we had happened in during the gold medal Winter Olympics hockey final, they all greeted us with smiles, and welcomed us to join them in front of the television. We found places on the couch, the lazy dog at our feet.
Hockey final, indeed! We had come in during the last minutes of the Canada-U.S. game, with