Hello Bill, time for an update mebbe. How are the bends coming along? As you have been told before now, learning to bend notes can take a long time; longer for some than for others. And it can take a lot longer to learn to play the bent notes in tune, especially on holes 2 and 3.
I know a couple of great, simple exercises for learning to play the whole step bends on holes 2 and 3 in tune if you are interested.