2017 was a hard year. The beginning of the year brought hopes of a new job, but I had to wait quite a while to receive my security clearance. The beginning of the year brought the unexpected death of a good friend and mentor. The Spring brought progression farther up the line in the Grand York Rite of Idaho. In the middle of the Summer, I started a new job; I loved the job from the beginning and still do. Just as I felt that I started to get my life back into order, the end of the year brought bad news: my father was diagnosed with Stage 4 Kidney Cancer that had metastasized into his lungs and the prognosis was that my dad was not long for this world. While 2018 brings on many exciting times and adventures, it also brings, lest some miracle happens, the impending death of my father.