Spring 1970 – The Endless Midnight of Sunshine Mike

 

As the sun headed for the horizon, Mike began to drink more heavily. His demeanor did not seem to change. He remained cheerful and his smile did not dim. More and more, however, I observed him feeding the bonfire, keeping it large. He stayed on the ocean side of the flames and I noticed, when he did not think he was being seen, he would stare into the dunes as if expecting a late arriving guest.