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While there, he heard news about SOCCCD trustee Tom Fuentes (Absent alumnus Tom Fuentes hanging in there):
The joint was littered with influential faculty, alumni and benefactors … but I was reminded that one member of the Chapman family wasn't with us this night. Another tablemate, former Chevy dealer Woody Oklejas, asked, "How is Tom Fuentes doing?"…..With the haste of a really slow glacier, the Lariat is finally on the “Amy Ahearn” case. See English instructor missing and 'at risk'
If you read my columns on the cancer-stricken Fuentes in August, you'd have thought that we'd have been to his funeral by now. But shortly after that, I started getting reports of random Fuentes sightings. I just saw Tom at the Balboa Bay Club. ... You should have heard Tom's speech trashing Schwarzenegger. ... Tom snuck a beer last night. ... I saw Tom doing Jell-o shooters at ...
You get the picture. God has been having second thoughts about calling him home, so Fuentes is making the most of it. As it happens, just hours before Oklejas' question, I'd gotten an email from Fuentes (and I don't even email when I have the flu), so I had an update.
He still spends most of his time in bed, and he has finally decided to take morphine. But, he writes, "when there is an occasion to attend something special, I rest for several days in advance. Then, usually, I can get myself up and to the event." Last week, for example, he gave the invocation at a private dinner for Gov. Rick Perry. He's resting up to give the invocation for a dinner for Rep. Paul Ryan at The Island Hotel Saturday. You need an invocation? I say book him.