Song: RISK! Theme by Wormburner and John Sondericker
Song: Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 – Overture by London Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Georg Solti
Live Story: How Does This Work?! by Kevin Allison*
Song: Non So Piu Cosa Son Cosa Faccio (Cherubino’s Aria) by Adya & Geisha
Live Story: Before and After by Caitlin Brodnick
Interstitial: What Are You Waiting For?! by Jeff Barr
Song: Video by India Arie
Song: On Our Own (Instrumental) by Vaain
Live Story: The Lifesaver by David Hu
Song: Growing Up by Run River North
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Oh, Kevin! Your story brought back memories!
I started freshman year in high school as “the new kid”. I knew no one and the high school was small so most of the students had known each other forever.
One day in English class, a popular kid said I should play football.
I was so overjoyed that someone spoke to me—a popular kid, even—that I said yes.
To this day, I know nothing about sports. When people start talking about sports, I hear the teachers in Peanuts cartoons. And I certainly nothing about football, but the popular kid spoke to me!!!
I went to the next practice and was given gear that stank of old sweat and hurt where the edges dug in my flesh. I went to the field with the other players and got knocked around. A lot. And then the grueling calisthenics. And then back to the locker room and aching and being filthy and I wondered what the fuck was I thinking?
I quit the next day and a short time later I found the drama kids and the chorus kids and the band kids and I did OK.
So, that was my one day on the football team in high school!