To commemorate the release of Breaking Up is Hard to Do, the second book in the beloved Miracle Girls series and the subsequent FREE party, I’m celebrating by sharing a brief high school adventure featuring my best friend, a politician, arguably the third most powerful in state history, later ‘de-officed’ for…let’s say misconduct, a boy band, and an obligatory reference to beer.
Bob Packwood tracked me down at a political rally. My best friend in high school, Carol Wright, heard there would be cute guys at this event, complete with a boy band, and we went for it. We waited so long for Packwood to arrive that when he finally did show it was 100% anti-climatic for us.
Kids swarmed The Suit and The Second Carol and I hung on the fringes until pushed forward. He answered questions from students who really cared about politics. I had no idea what they clamored about and stifled a yawn. Packwood turned and directed his piercing blues at me and waited expectantly for me to say something, maybe ask a deep question, something well thought out. Yes, there was something I wanted to know.
“Hi, um, when’s the band going to play?” I asked, ecstatic to speak with someone who could actually force the band to begin.
He stared at me momentarily, like unbelievably, blank stare and moved to the next kid. Carol and I ditched the event. Another successful high-school outing…that and that along-the-river kegger we went to that the cops broke up.