WE went to Ghent to get the cherry mantle. A bit of suprise at the amount of wane, but we took it anyway (after some barginning). A more pleasent suprise were the slabs that I just had to have. We met this couple and I argued nicely with them about what they intended to do with a slad both of us wanter. I won. Alan came up on sunday - his birthday. It was very nice to see him. We helped plan some flowers ($0.05 each from Lowe's). We hope to see him more often.