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August 9, 2008
This time last year I’d returned from another visit to North Carolina, my ‘07 foray into friendly eastern states territory. I was troubled by disunity among my college chums. We’d all been trying to grow out of old trappings, but couldn’t do it together. I wrote one friend (in a note I never sent), “I found a tight spot between K______'s underdeveloped truisms and your avoidance of everything cliché, and I tried not to squirm there. It made me miss the days when you worshipped the ground he walked on (for no real reason) while he yammered about deer season.”