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"Sure I Would! I Guess I Would. Why? Wouldn't I?"*

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As I remember it, the first day of class at IVTech, Pat came over and asked if she could sit next to me.** I thought she was insane.

I had had twelve years of people mostly trying to avoid being anywhere near me, so the idea of someone volunteering to seemed suspicious. But I said yes.

This was the day after Memorial Day, 1977. I had just graduated from high school. My parents had gone out of town for the King Tut exhibition and I was alone in the house overnight for the first time. That night my friend, Michelle, came over for dinner.

The next night, Pat and I went to the movies. We saw Young Frankenstein, which had been re-released. She drove from Carmel (which is just north of Indianapolis) to the near-east side where I lived then (and live now), drove us back to the Carmel Theatre, then drove me home again. And then drove herself home. In the night. In the dark. Back when she could do things like that. (She hadn't had the cataract surgery yet. She had just turned twenty-three.)

Later that year they also re-released The Producers and Blazing Saddles, and we saw them, too. Gene Wilder was very important to us. (Whenever we'd watch Dark Shadows and they started with something ilke "Collinwood in the year 1840," I would say, "Paris, France, 1789," which both amused and annoyed her. Which describes a lot of our relationship.

It was the beginning of us talking entirely in movie and TV quotes. (We could have whole conversations with nothing but quotes from The Dick Van Dyke Show.)

It was the beginning of everything. It was the beginning of my life.


*Andy Hardy
**Later she would tell me she'd been attracted by my red hair, which I'd recently dyed. I mostly kept it red for the rest of her life, mostly for her. We had such a great time.

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