Class Book '64

December 14, 2005 – 02:38 am
1955 Triumph, TR2 18,495.00

10, 217 words


Nobody ever has to guess where I got my degree. Arrogance, complacency, and a few unshakable opinions have met to produce in me an infuriating self-assurance that leaves no room for doubt.

So it is disturbing to report that despite our several affinities Stanford and I didn’t really get on all that well.

Sure, we had our brief, fumbling honeymoon, but for the next few years the university and I just sort of staggered along together. Then we parted, energy spent, with a perfunctory handshake.

Yes, I too made my way up to the platform on that sunlit afternoon in June. And, yes, the Provost called my name. But even then something had to go wrong. Try as he might, the perspiring fellow couldn’t get my name right.

I didn’t hold it against him. As a matter of fact, it seemed a fitting end to the often uneasy, sometimes downright abrasive, relationship between me and my alma mater.

Things hadn’t started out that way. Far from it.

The acceptance letter was, to my mind, a stroke of impossibly good luck. Like being visited by Zeus in a shower of gold. Or snagging a date with the homecoming queen. Or both, with the keys to an XK120 thrown in. I dimly perceived that in the future things for me might not be quite the same.

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