Their love for Mickey Mouse
Artie and Dave work together. They are going fishing with Dave's younger brother, Wilson, who has his own company, even though he is only twenty-eight. His job is to sell and install cellular car phones and electronic car locks and things of that nature.
The three men live in Houston. Wilson is single. Artie and Dave are not; they are in their late thirties. Artie is still in his first marriage, though perhaps not for long. Dave is into his second marriage, but it's going well. They both have children: Artie, two young sons, whom he is not that wild about, and Dave, two daughters--one with his ex-wife, and one with his new wife.
Dave is wild about both of his daughters, hates to be gone from either of them for more than a few hours, and each time he sees them it is like swimming to the surface from a great depth; and when he does not see them, he feels as if his lungs are about to burst.
Dave's first wife left him when they were living in Orange, New Jersey--had moved to Texas with her boyfriend and received custody of their daughter two years ago--and so Dave followed her down to Texas and got a new job there, and was able to see his daughter on Wednesday evenings as well as every other weekend.