7.Â Â Hard Times at Rockland HighÂ Â Â Â (originally published February 1, 2006)
This one seems like a tall tale but itâ€™s all true. Iâ€™ve tried to inject some humor â€“ to really play up the Circus of the Absurd that I found myselfÂ a captive ofÂ during the swan song of my Senior Year in High School â€“ but Iâ€™m serious when I say this series of events scarred me. A sorry set of misunderstandings colored my life at that crucial moment where I was beginning to shed some nasty insecurities and mature a bit. I make light now but back then, the fear was palpable. That said, Iâ€™m older now and can look back in amusement. Iâ€™ve chased those ghosts long ago and to this day, they no longer haunt. But I do sometimes shed a tear for that confused 17 year old who found himself way over his head for a crime he didnâ€™t commit. Now, all of this sounds serious and I guarantee that this is not a serious read. You should have fun with this one, if you havenâ€™t heard it before. I just thought Iâ€™d provide a little color commentary â€“ all part of my master scheme to reveal all my truths â€“ warts and all. Hey, this is the Internet. The most welcoming place on Earth.