I went to the hospital today to pick up my friend M. E. Sprengelmeyer from the recovery room. He had surgery to have a small tumor taken from his thumb. A tumor he named Lumpy. Though the surgery was minor it will definitely put a damper on M.E.'s productivity as a writer for Scripps Howard News Service. Headline -- Lumpy is Dead.Pre-Surgery SerenadeYesterday I hiked over to M.E.'s place to witness his last accordion playing for who knows how long. On the way to his place I stopped at the Mount Pleasant Dollar Store to pick up a magnifying glass to help focus on a good thumb picture.