Thought You Was the Cool Fool, and Never Would Do No Wrong
All stories follow pretty much the same recipe. There are 3 acts, the beginning, middle, and end. The first act is long and we meet the important characters. Act two develops the conflicts and the 3rd act solves those problems.
Goodbye, close the book, leave the theatre.
This last month, I have been shown by life's cruel mirror that I have entered the final act. With the passing of a parent, my 60th birthday, and the birth of a grandchild, there is no denying it.
All I need to do now is break a hip.
When I was a teenager, for some reason, I thought I was "cool". This was very important to me and my buddies. We even formed a small group called the Cools Club of America (CCA). Not Rochester, N.Y. mind you, but America! Of course, the population was a lot less in those days.
I was Vice-President. I still carry my membership card after 45 years.
My best friend, Howard Diamond, was President, although I don't recall voting. There were 5 or 6 of us, even that is debatable at this point. We would drive around, stuffed into a Ford Falcon attracting babes.
We even had a theme song -
One guy is now a twice divorced, unemployed, wasted drunk; another lives in his daughter's basement. The President is up in Alaska, married to a full blooded Yupik native American.
I somehow broke the rule of the Coconuts.
This guy has the good sense to exit the drama in the second act and leave everyone else choking on their popcorn and demanding their money back.