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September 8, 2010
As we discuss the tone of ‘emperor’s’ rant, and process our feelings about this end to a friendship, Creighton reminds me that I’ve anticipated this; “someday it will happen to us.”

For years emperor had alienated most of our mutual beach acquaintances. One by one he’d exclude them from his cabin, and if we invited them to our table, he wouldn’t attend. He’d repeatedly degrade them with stories of transgressions made upon him and/or his family. To remain friends with him, it was incumbent upon us to nod our heads and keep our mouths shut.

I saw the pattern.