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Halfman
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Hey Mike,

I don’t think we knew each other before hand in any way, but we have a lot of similarities, it seems beyond backyards and scholastic preference. However, I was one of the stoner kids and still was not very cool. I fit nowhere at anytime at all. High school social structure with all of its cliques and ascription-based nuances was a major pain in this ass. I knew nothing then about why people congealed around one another based on such petty "qualifications". Nice to know that end of things apparently has not changed much [img]images/smiles/icon_sad.gif[/img] .

My high school lost 3/4 of its original class from 1986-1990 due to dropouts, expulsions, murders, suicides, gang violence etc. I can’t say I was a saint. I can say I had a "broken coper" and did what I had to do. However, like St Francis of Assisi, one must suffer greatly in order to eventually contribute something worthwhile to the world, be it aesthetic or otherwise. Often, the benificiaries are not wholly ready or deserving of such gifts, expecially when introduced by someone whose perspective delivers the message, but not in tune with the status quo.

My hope is to do about what you are doing. Perhaps I will end up in private school teaching or public. I am even willing to try alternative schools. My support goes out to any group of people that mobilize themselves above and around the moneyed interest of school boards and its participants whose concerns lie primarily with balancing the budget and advocating a tracking system instead of striving to accomodate students from all races and economic backgrounds. Nice to hear this isn’t changing either [img]images/smiles/icon_mad.gif[/img] !!!

I haven’t read on Salinger yet [img]images/smiles/icon_redface.gif[/img] He and Hawthorne are soon to be hit upon. Have read many other classics, will mention them at some time.

Again, nice to hear from you.
Tom

[ November 30, 2001: Message edited by: Half-Man ]</p>