I got an email from my Dad today with the somewhat restrained title "Bad News." Turns out the 2nd floor of his house burnt up. Apparently there was remarkably little damage to the main floor, but the 2nd floor was completely destroyed. It was originally my grandparents house, which my grandfather and his brothers built themselves (one was a plumber, another an electrician, etc.) in the 50s. After my grandmother died a couple years ago the house was left to the sons, and my Father bought out the "share" given to the other sons. I spent my weekends and summers at their house until I was about 15, at which point they became my legal guardians; so I spent a lot of time there. Also especially frustrating is that this is the 2nd time my Father has experienced a house fire in the last 15 or so years. I guess the silver lining is that he didn't lose the entire thing this time.