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Brief Encounters with Real Life

Jon Van Loon

Copyright 2013 by Jon Van Loon

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Preface

I have jogged over 75,000 km. This was on foot the bulk of which was jogging to work 20 km every day for over 15 years. The jogging involved the acquisition of no material for this book but was the direct cause of 3 knee replacements. No the “3” is not a misprint but occurred due to 2 replacements being required on my left knee. At the age of 76 I now require at least 1 more knee replacement and you would be correct if you guessed the left knee again. But so what?

Three times around the world sounds like a prodigious distance. This interval travelled by aircraft computes to approximately 120,000 km which is less than ½ the expanse I have jogged totally within the precincts of Toronto. The 120,000 km is the distance that I have travelled in pursuit of the stories contained in this book. But this travel was not mainly related to acquiring the following story material. Instead it was the result of profession related pursuits with the stories being a collateral asset.

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