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Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Ol’ Robbo received in the mail yesterday a magazine commemorating the 25th anniversary of his graduation from the People’s Glorious Soviet of Middletown, CT.  It did so by printing a copy of everyone’s senior picture, current contact information and, if supplied, updated bios and pictures.  (I had thrown away the form for this when I received it and forgotten all about it.)

I noticed three interesting things:

First, in my own senior picture, I look like Justin Bieber. Yikes!  In the two and a half decades since, how did I get so jowly?

Second, I know that what with rowing crew and being naturally stand-offish, I confined myself to a pretty small social circle, but there were only 650 kids in the class.  As I flipped through the pages, there were plenty of pictures and names of people I would swear I have never seen nor heard of before in my life.

Third, of those who did submit updated biographical material (maybe a third total), a surprisingly large proportion of them seem to have settled down to remarkably conventional lives: marriages of 17-20 years, three or four kids, steady employment.  This from a pack of kids who, in their misspent yoot, boasted of their boho rejection of “the system”. 

Gives one hope for the future.

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