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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The Duke of Kent

Kent State University is known for two things, both of which are equally dark: black squirrels and the May 4, 1970, shootings that left four students dead, 13 physically wounded and countless others with emotional scars.

I'm a Kent State alum (2005, baby) and while the shootings are a significant part of the school's history, this was the first year I attended the commemoration ceremonies. And I am slightly ashamed to write it was largely because of a boy.

You see, there's a boy I managed to meet despite a torrent of cross movements in both of our lives. After meeting and learning that we share a passion for bacon and amazing sex, we realized that we would both be in Ohio -- a state in which neither of us lives (yet) -- at the very same time. Fate, people. You got to give it up to fate.

So, the boy and I met up in Kent, Ohio, which is a city totally synonymous with romance. I mean lookit--how hawt is that?

The boy's people are activists from way back and his ties to the original hippie set are deep and strong. The May 4 commemoration is a BIG DEAL to him and those whom he holds near and dear, and I was glad to be there with him and be a part of it.

It was lovely and inspiring, particularly the midnight candle-light peace march around campus and the all-night vigil that the group holds. Several speakers, including a particularly resonating discourse from former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter, delivered messages of hope and action.

It was truly moving and in the vein of all successful commemorations, it left me remembering those who I've lost and what I can do to make the world a better place for those who are still here.

But, I didn't get any pictures of that stuff. Nope. My attention was focused on the kid who played Reese on Malcolm in the Middle who was also attending the ceremonies. Because I am a dumb American.


OK, wait for it ... wait for it ... here he his getting up. That's his bum on the left.


Here he is walking by! Wizard!

Lord. In the Comments section, tell me where you've been lately. I miss you.

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15 Comments:

  • At 10:20 AM , Blogger WendyB said...

    I'm going to be singing Neil Young to myself all day now!

     
  • At 12:17 PM , Blogger Akelamalu said...

    Ah memories! Love the photo of you with the cute guy in sunglasses. I went to Llandudno in Wales just the other week - nothing spectacular.

     
  • At 6:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I've been pooping in the woods love. Pooping in the woods.

     
  • At 8:55 PM , Blogger Minty said...

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  • At 8:56 PM , Blogger Minty said...

    I've been working out at the skankiest-ever YMCA lately. It's done wonders for my self-esteem.

    It's a really bad Y.

    Really.

    --Minty

     
  • At 10:22 PM , Anonymous Brinkid said...

    I've been dog walking and riding roller coasters.

     
  • At 7:43 AM , Blogger Say It said...

    been sitting at home stuffing my face with chips and dosing sick kids up with meds. Yup, things are rocking right now! Yehaaw!

     
  • At 7:19 PM , Anonymous krok99 said...

    Valerie,

    You and my late mom graduated from Kent State. She was a very successful business owner but neglected to get a timely colonoscopy.

    I was at the Pub Restaurant on North Redington Beach eating a hamburger with a side of spaghetti.

     
  • At 11:36 AM , Anonymous Franki said...

    I always thought that Reese kid was hot. I just love assholes, even if they just play one on TV. I've been buried in school work, love...and sick of it.

     
  • At 7:56 PM , Blogger pistols at dawn said...

    Bacon and amazing sex? Those are two really important things to have in common.

     
  • At 10:15 PM , Blogger M@ said...

    Interesting things happenin', Val. Very interesting.

     
  • At 11:20 AM , Blogger Winter said...

    Let's see, yesterday I worked, worked out, and had nightmares about working, and working out...

     
  • At 1:06 PM , Blogger Del-V said...

    Everyone likes bacon and sex. If you two liked 15th Century French literature and kung-fu movies I'd say you had something special.

     
  • At 6:22 PM , Blogger Spellbound said...

    Well, bacon I can live without, but I'm with you on the amazing sex and fate, plus I know all the words to "Four dead in Ohio". I've been to dabbling about in the corners of my mind, walking in the mountains, writing poetry, working my butt off at my new job, nothing really. Well, nothing I can tell anyway, just the same old soap opera.

     
  • At 2:55 PM , OpenID fayza said...

    I'm a Kent State alum, too! I attended the ceremonies once or twice. Very moving.

     

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