This friendship was in the cards
John and Jim
When poker buddies Jim Anathan and John Bailey get together, the friendly banter immediately starts flying.
John first joined LBFE as an elder friend in 2008, primarily attending parties and holiday dinners. But last spring, he was matched with Visiting Volunteer Jim Anathan and, according to John, "suddenly I'm in a family."
Jim recalls when LBFE staff member Josh Windham contacted him shortly after his volunteer orientation. "Josh said, 'I've got a real character for you.'" But Jim and John soon realized how much they had in common - especially travel.
John traveled throughout the majority of his life. "I've been through 30 states, and lived in many of them, averaging two to three years in each," says John. "In my position with no relatives or long-term friends, it gets pretty darn boring”.
Jim can relate. A print salesman for Cimarron, Jim's territory is the entire U.S., so he's often on the road.
John invited Jim to teach him poker. Soon, three others from John's high-rise were drawn into what's now a weekly poker group known as the Saturday Morning Liar's Club. In addition to the poker club, John and Jim attend sporting events, and share meals at restaurants and at Jim's home - "Anything to get him out of the high-rise and into fresh air," adds Jim.
"I really admire how John has a way of making lemonade out of lemons," Jim said.
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