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GOITER GUY HANGS AGAIN
Among the pieces I mentioned was this one, which hung in our home when I was growing up and which one of my siblings - or it could have been myself - christened "Goiter Guy." *
Here's an old picture of a painting of my father that I believe still hangs in the halls of Thomas Jefferson University College of Medicine, where my father taught.
My daughter wanted him, but as it turned out, not right away; alas, there was no room for him in her current digs. She asked me if I would keep him until she had a space big enough to hang him.
And so for over two years Goiter Guy sat in an upstairs closet in my house.
But first I needed to fix his hat.
One of my neighbors, a talented home-improvement artiste who owned a tile cutter, offered to help me. I needed only to supply a piece of tile and a template of the piece I wanted replaced.
I looked around local supply stores and online but couldn't seem to locate any place where I could purchase a single tile in close to the same shade of glazed Fiesta blue as the Guy's hat.
As it turned out, Goiter Guy's new off-white hat tip skewed just a bit, but rather jauntily, I thought.
"Tell Grammie and Grandpa to never change a single thing in this house," my grand daughter told her mother. "Except for Goiter Guy. They can get rid of him."