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Today's a sad one for me. I am attending a memorial service for the son of the man who has guided me in my recovery from alcohol addiction.

The young man died last month of a heroin overdose after a difficult period of some seven years of going in and out of jails and institutions.

His father, my friend, was the point man throughout all this - bailing him out, arranging and paying for attorneys, treatment, visiting the kid in jail, etc. It has taken a toll.

Unhappily, this is an all too common event in the substance abuse field (one of the reasons I am trying to get out).

Maximum respect is in order. Therefore - plain black suit, white shirt, simple black tie with tiny blue foulard-y things on it, black blucher lace-ups from Land's End (needed them in a hurry and didn't have time to shlep around). Grey fedora and trenchcoat in case it rains.

In this way I hope to indicate how seriously I take my friend's loss.

How do others handle these sad affairs?

``What do ties matter, Jeeves, at a time like this? Do you realise that Mr Little's domestic happiness is hanging in the scale?''

``There is no time, sir, at which ties do not matter.''
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