Mike and Reid
It was Mike’s daughter who wrote, “Mike collected people.” She wrote that in the family’s memory card. I never met Mike, but I have met a couple of the people he collected.
Al has been the Madigan handyman for years. A Mexican national who at one time had been crossways with U.S. Immigration, Mike’s contacts within the judicial system as a private investigator helped Al eventually earn legal status in this country. When it comes to repairs and home improvement, there’s no job Al isn’t willing to tackle, even if he’s never done it before. “This will be interesting” is his calling card, as well as his M.O. for expanding his expertise. Al’s dependability is limited only by his garrulous, outgoing nature that is mostly responsible for the elastic quality of his deadlines. Mike liked talkers, because he was one himself.