Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Going Home

Fred on Everything is headed back to the states for his 50th high school reunion.  His first reunion since graduating, no less.

Here is a sample of his thoughts on this big trip: King George Days
The names in the yearbook are just names: Sonny, Rosie, Butch, Kenny, Joyce, Cecil, Ricky, Kit. Just names. But. But, but, but. With any of these people you could leave your keys in the car—we did—or the front door unlocked—we did. We had one cop in the country, Jay Powell, a state trooper, and he had little to do. The high school did not have metal detectors or police patrolling the halls. We had none of the behavior that now makes these things necessary. It wasn’t in the culture. We could have raped, killed, robbed, fathered countless illegitimate children like barnyard animals. We didn’t.

It wasn’t in the culture.

We were not obsessively law-abiding. It may be that a certain amount of beer, even a substantial amount, was consumed in contravention of the law. I may know somewhat of this, though I can’t swear to it.

Well, OK, I can swear to it. The statute of limitations has run. I remember my first encounter—don’t we all?—with the demonic grape. One summer night...
Fred was out of school two years before "the culture" suggested clock tower avoidance.  It was all down hill from there.

He really did grow up in a great time.

Safe time-travel to you Fred!

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