As you most likely know, the classic story is that you can connect any person on the planet with any other person in six steps of who-knows-who. For strange, karmic, cosmic reasons, our family has reduced this dramatically, but I'm curious to know if others are experiencing the same thing. I can get from me to George W. Bush in two different directions in either two or three degrees. First, one of my husband's very good friends grew up in Midland and played on the same Little League baseball team with George W. Also, my younger son was a walk on football player at the University of Texas, and he often visited with George W. ((then governor of Texas) when they were working out in the weight room at U.T. I can even get to Saddam Hussein in two steps. My best friend is a retired Navy Command Master Chief who spend extensive time in the Mid-East, and has on more than one occasion been at state dinners with Saddam. I've also shaken hands with Johnny Cash at an oilfield Christmas party in Houston. My sister received an award from President Ford. My older son's wife is partly Lebanese, and her name is on a founding contributor's plaque at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis where my other son's child is being treated for cancer. Same daughter in law was also an extra in the movie "Second Hand Lions," which makes the connection to several movie stars, including Robert Duval. (be still, my heart!) Is my family weird, or are others experiencing this shrinking of the world, too?