Ten years ago

by practicalspactical

I once tried to remember my earliest memories when I was two. Here, today, sitting on this case, and looking at things that happened 10 years ago, I realize it is equally difficult to even remember what was happening ten years ago. What was happening?

Finishing Freshman year of college. Rushed a frat. By myself. Doing shots. Two story beer bong. Did not partake of that. Nevertheless, got to the frat house, and was sitting on a couch talking to a blond girl when I excused myself to throw up. Did so, in the bathroom, and sort of hung out there for a bit, sort of passed out, until Jay found me, and put me in a cab — came with me. A good friend, that time. Slept for about a day. Did not get into the frat. No worries. They were a little too rich for my blood anyway.

And then on the final day of school, G made brownies and we finished class and ate them and then we must have walked around campus, and had some fun and good adventure. It was all sunlight. No worries there.

And went to visit Jay in Memphis, and talked to some girls there, and splashed in Jay’s pool and played music in his annex, and we went to the Peabody Hotel but not Graceland, because Jay had just gone to Graceland and almost died there with George in the car. But we went to Jillians and Hot Topic and I bought a Led Zeppelin Icarus shirt.

And went back and went to camp, and I think that was the summer that the girl counselor Nicole, attractive, quit on the second day, because I wasn’t nice to her, or one of the kids called her fat, and I thought she was superhot, and thought it was funny or something, and then had to be a counselor all by myself, and we got another counselor but I let him take breaks a lot and I did the whole thing myself and didn’t like it or have any fun because my mom was an authoritarian director and I worked for her.

But nevertheless, had great fun hanging with the high school kids who had returned to Philadelphia after their own first years of college, or even just the Philadelphia ones, ML, I’d say, and EB, and A, and I saw Trey Anastasio for the first time at the Mann Music Center and they bought mushrooms but I did not and their mushrooms didn’t work and lost their pipe to ninjas but I enjoyed Trey, I did, and the people gathered there on the lawn for a beautiful experience and there it was a beautiful religious experience —

And went and saw Phil and Friends as well and was complimented on my air guitar skills by ML and Phil played Watchtower and I saw Warren Haynes for the first time and slide guitar for the first time and it was good —

And were there any girls that summer, any girls to break up the monotony — did Jaimie Gaeman work for my mother that summer, I don’t think so, I don’t, I don’t know who was there, A/M, maybe – still young, unmothered;

That spring I had briefly gotten a huge crush on Ms. BC — the living together effect — or the way I fall every so often for the sweetest girl in the room — sweet like flowers —

Here’s what this says:

Aug 2, 2001 – Trey Anastasio @ the Mann Music Center; And Bela Fleck maybe right after?

And some disagreement about whether to go one way or another and we said lets go see Bela Fleck and did, ZIR and me, and there were balloons in the parking lot –