I attended my 25-year high school class reunion last night. The first step on the path to that mid-life crisis (scheduled to begin June 14, 2009).

When I walked into the room, the first guy I encountered was B_______, a teammate from my 8th-grade soccer team. The first thing he said to me had the air of mythology about it which was humbling and gratifying: “Rufus McCain!” my old friend said, “I always tell my kids when they’re playing soccer to ‘score like McCain’.” Of course he was lying, but this is the my kind of lying.

I also had a nice chat with T_______, the girl seated to my left in the above picture from my 8th-grade yearbook.

“S________” (the girl seated to my right in the picture) “really liked you,” she said.

“I know,” I said. “Someone came up to me one time and said ‘S________ wants to be your girlfriend’ and I was too scared because of the racial thing to admit that I liked her too. I’ve always regretted that.” My eyes actually welled up when I was telling T________ this and I was also blushing, which impressed her.

“I’m going to have to call S________ and tell her,” she said. “Just kidding, I won’t really.”

“No, go ahead and tell her,” I said. Then I wandered over to the no-host bar to get more booze.


  1. Anonymous says


    maybe I should have gone after all.

    – mrs. mccain

  2. Anonymous says

    oh yeah, one more thing –


    (no more denying it)

  3. The Ironic Catholic says

    25th reunion?

    Can’t be.

    But back to the point, I think we all have stories like that somewhere….

    Oh, and I made this for you guys….

  4. Rufus McCain says

    Dear Mrs. McCain: (a) we are talking about 8th grade here; (b) you are by far the most exotic creature I’ve ever known. Hands down.

  5. Rufus McCain says

    Thanks IC. Can you imagine SK’s first “State of the Union” address? Not to mention the press conferences.

  6. The pig tails are a nice touch. Just the hint of wimsy that always gets the girls in middle school.

  7. Quin Finnegan says

    But if you’re wearing pig tails again – that’s cause for concern. That is a mid-life crisis, and then some.

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