July 21, 1999
Jap De Groot
Re: Who are we?
As an example of lurid thoughts on the part of most men, I reveal the following:
1. Cheese melted all over thinly sliced shreds of processed beef in hopes of becoming something tasty for us to eat.
2. A line of "barely there" camping gear to give pleasure to fellow hikers and seekers of outdoor adventure during the late summer months.
3. Muscle cramping.
4. Whole wheat toast in your underwear, making it difficult to walk properly, including crumbs.
5. An exceptional bowl of lukewarm porridge, consumed under bright morning sunlight, as it is filtered through the divided panes of floor-to-ceiling glass in the kitchen of your summer home.
Why these ideas have not been previously identified and grouped together in this fashion before now is unfathomable to me. So too is teen suicide, an epidemic which seemed to sweep the nation more intensely in the mid 1980s, as we could see from the proliferation of made-for-tv movies which explored the topic during that era. We remember Molly Ringwald and Chad Lowe as emblems of problematic teen psyches under various social and orthopedic pressures.
Dare I ask you once more to solicit opinions from opposing party members? Je crois que non.
Cuts and scrapes,