On the porch again with trusty pitbull sprawled out. It's overcast today but comfortable. I'm starting to focus on my reading when the cell ring-a-dings. It's a friend who is undecided whether to keep his girlfriend or break up. He regularly catches her cheating but always makes excuses for why he hangs on. He describes her as a user, a manipulator who needs a place to live - so she appeases him with sex. He cools off for a while but continues to smolder within. He calls for guidance but usually does the exact opposite. Times up. Dog and I go in. Reading will have to wait because of a wasted conversation.