Posted by: dougery | June 3, 2010


This morning on NPR there was a story about a mess in the Gulf even oilier and disasterier than the current BP debacle that happened exactly 31 years ago today. And it occurred to me that I, too, happened for the first time 31 years ago today.

Coincidence? maybe.

Or maybe my parents have kept me ignorant of my actual origins. Maybe the first gusher was some sort of rift in the Earth’s crust that allowed me to tread upon it’s green and blue and somewhat brownish surface. My college friends all joked that I must have been born in a cave under the ocean because I was so largely uninformed with the pop-cultural touchstones of the 80s and early 90s (the Breakfast Club, Vanilla Ice, Crystal Pepsi, etc). Maybe they were onto something.

One thing is for certain. It will take at least another 31 years for humanity to banish me once more to the underworld.

Reading: The Score by Richard Stark (University of Chicago Press, 2009)
Listening to: the Wild Hunt by the Tallest Man on Earth



  1. You sure are old, man. And your day of birth explains so very much. About what, I am not certain.

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