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. . . And I’m Back!

Posted on 2006.11.13 at 01:00
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: Les Trois Cloches - Edith Piaf
The trip to Detroit was very good, but oh so brief. Highlights included attending Saturday’s college football game between Eastern Michigan University and Navy, which was played at Ford Field in downtown Detroit. A tidy batch of tickets landed in my brother Dan’s lap, and I attended the game along with him and his youngest son Andy. Navy won in a blowout and we exited midway through the 4th quarter, but it didn’t matter – we had a blast!

I ended up not seeing a great many people during my visit, but that was okay, because it gave my father and me a chance to talk and talk and talk, and that was very good. My brother Gregory had a surprise waiting for me – a box full of old papers, photos, and suchlike that all belong to me. Most of it dates from my high school years or shortly thereafter, including the item you see pictured here. That’s a button I paid a few bucks to acquire when my friend Ed and I visited Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio in about 1978, which would have made me about 19 years old. That’s me on the right and Ed on the left. Lest you should despair at our scruffy appearance, be aware that Ed went on to become my brother-in-law, my ex-brother-in-law, a successful high school teacher, a noted play director at his school, a happy husband and father, and of late, a recording artist who gives concerts and has a CD for sale. But as I’ve often said, we all have a past, and this button pretty much demonstrates that.

There is one other item from that box of memorabilia that I’d like to share today. It’s from an essay I wrote during my senior year at De La Salle Collegiate High School in Detroit for Psychology class. The topic involved discussing the differences between short-term and long-term memory. I won’t bother quoting from what I wrote, but I do want to relate what the teacher, Mr. Peabody, wrote at the bottom: “Some of these ridiculous ideas could have been quite good – do you know anything about this topic?” In spite of Mr. Peabody’s devastating assessment of my work, please note that he awarded my paper a grade of B+, so I must have done something right! I don’t recall how I felt about his critique at the time, but reading it now, I find it pretty hysterical!


(Anonymous) at 2006-11-13 19:36 (UTC) (Link)

Shocking reaction!!!

Chuck -- oh my -- imagine my devastation when I saw that horrid piece of my past on your blog -- ouch! I fired this blog up at school and I think I gave about 10 of students a cardiac arrest.

But I will echo the concept of great memories!

The only problem is...you come all the way to Detroit...and don't let me know? Ugh!

Adam graduates from NU on June 15th -- I think we all decided to save money by crashing at your house all week. Whaddayathink??

Ed Guay
charlesofcamden at 2006-11-15 04:04 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Shocking reaction!!!

Here was timing of my trip to Detroit:
I arrived at the Royal Oak Amtrak station at 3 p.m. Friday. My ride back to Chicago picked me up at 10 p.m. Saturday. I would have been happy to spend a week or two visiting folks, but it just wasn't to be this time around. I'm trying to make a plan to visit again in mid-January, but I'll keep you posted.

As for June 15th -- I'd be more than happy to put up some folks for the big event. We can talk in more detail as the day approaches.

Also -- it was quite a happy shock to see your name here. Thanks for coming by!
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charlesofcamden at 2006-11-15 04:00 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I've thought of going back there, but I just don't Cedar Point.
(okay, so I'm only the five millionth person to make that joke!)
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