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Retrieval 2


Back to the Future, the tiny toads in the grass growing up, deflated basketballs, overly pumped up basketballs, the climbing rope, fifth grade watching “Gus the Field-Goal-Kicking Mule” as a reward, drinking three big glasses of cranberry juice after basketball practice, the violent markings of Maestro Pansky on our sheet music, the old drunk woman in London who kept telling us the Irish were so worm, such worm people, Scratch and Sniff stickers, the drunk kid who fell to his death in the gorge, the eighth grader who shot himself over a girlfriend, the car accidents and the brothers of the kids who died in them, the survivors who showed up to school drunk, mall anxiety, WrestleMania II party, the ferry to Denmark, the lime green/dark green snails all over the roads there, the Sebald feeling of walking around there, the silly Communication intro class and all those unused theories, the skittish professors, the performers, the Florida fishing trip, gators in the water hazards, ping/pong, the brief but interesting Tom Snyder era, the Craig Kilbourn era, Jeselnick like a funnier Kilbourn, the field trips to the Wildlife Sanctuary, the fear, joy, strangeness of Bay Beach at five years old, crush on second grade teacher, endless games of Battleship, the Burger Barn, frozen chocolate bananas, the mysterious private lives of teachers, especially the single ones, homemade fruit leather, esp the nearly burned and crispy edges, Dad murmuring into his dictaphone, The Most Dangerous Game, the lost card, the quality of light on the beach at Mamoset, MA, the quality of light in Sweden, dusk, Lonesome Dove, American Pastoral, Denis Johnson, that french Fartiste guy, Graham crackers and milk as snack, the shock of Richard winning first season of Survivor, wax lips, gigantic onion rings, the loneliness of certain fourteen-year-old days, playing 21 endlessly, Grover Cleveland was president twice.

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