- I knew a lot, but thought I knew a lot more.
- I was having trouble mastering the stick shift, parallel parking and traffic in general.
- Dogs on my block often ran free, played with each other and rarely caused trouble.
- I preferred bowling to baseball, football and just about any other sport you could name.
- I thought President Kennedy was cool. So was his wife.
- Only boys could play on school-sponsored teams.
- I went to school with a Froggy, Frada, Maedi, Mouse and Smyzer but not a single Jamaal.
- I liked trigonometry and physics more than English and history.
- I had not yet heard of The Beatles, Vietnam, Watergate or Soupy Sales.
- I thought Marguerite Burke’s chicken noodle casserole was the best food ever. I thought her niece was pretty hot, too.
- I couldn’t understand why someone would pay $1 more just to get a record in stereo.
- I was shocked when a co-worker told me he’d had sex on a desk with the wife of a man standing no more than 10 feet from us. I was shocked again when a court case showed he wasn’t lying.
- Most of the people I knew preferred taking the train to flying.
- I still enjoyed an occasional game of APBA baseball and didn’t understand why some people preferred Big League Manager.
- I had yet to miss a day of high school, excused or otherwise.
- Mail was delivered twice a day around Christmas because of the heavy volume.
- Talk of the future rarely went beyond plans for the next weekend.
- If someone asked what I wanted to do when I grow up, I’d make something up.
Today, I’m still making it up. What about you?
Writing prompt of the day: Write about the first time you drove a car.
Photo: A few members of the Council Bluffs, Iowa, Thomas Jefferson High School sophomore basketball team in 1961.