I moved to Hawaii in ‘96.
I taught myself banjo in ‘02.
I dumped Rachel before I let her move in with me.
I accepted that guy’s invitation to join his rotating crew and help sail his yacht from Cabo San Lucas to San Francisco.
Then I stayed in San Francisco for three months and ate several times at that dollar-a-piece sushi happy hour that Michael told me about. Every time I would order three hamachi, one salmon, one squid.
I asked Stephanie Streit to dance at the junior high mixer.
I told Dr. Davis what I really thought of his poli sci class.
When my Dad asked me to hand him a wrench, I knew which one he meant.
I ate all my vegetables without being threatened.
I passed out after the MD 20/20 but before the rum.
Judith Peary and I spent two hours making out instead of paying good money to see Jack Frost starring Michael Keaton.
We went on a second date.
I stuck with the Cub Scouts even after Ronnie and Denny quit.
I stopped at Stephanie Streit’s house and knocked on the door instead of just riding past on my bike several times each weekend, hoping that she would be standing around outside.
I caught the ball.
I swerved just in time.
I watched less television.
I did all my assigned reading. Even Beowulf.
When Marie started talking about her day I turned off the television completely instead of just hitting the ‘mute’ button.
I looked at the glass as half-full.
I walked backstage after Show Boat and congratulated Stephanie Streit on her performance, even though the play was terrible and her voice only adequate. I told her how I’d transferred to the high school across town but still thought of her often. Then I invited her to the prom.
I told Carol I loved her new haircut.
I majored in something useful.
After Marie told me she was moving out because she needed to learn how to rely on herself I hopped into the Peugeot and drove east, not thinking about a…