Hi L and P,

You know what happened. Plan B – biking to the Rhine on Monday, train to Switzerland on Tuesday – was thwarted when I learned that the seemingly eternal German railway strike would resume on Tuesday. I had to reschedule the train leg for Monday which was a good thing. When I arrived in Switzerland at about eight p.m., just to learn that our mother was dying. I rushed to the nursing home, could tell her that I was back and be there when she passed.

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In a weird way, the German union boss Weselsky did me a favor.