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The First Vote

By the fall of 1992, Susan and I had been friends for two years.  I turned 17 at the end of August; she turned 18 a week and a half later.  She was a year older than me, which mostly didn’t bother me, but I don’t think I ever as young as I felt on the first Tuesday of that November.  It was Election Day.  Susan could vote.  I couldn’t.

Learning How To Fake Expertise

 My Uncle Bobby, borrowing a page from George Burns and only half-jokingly, would often give me this sage piece of advice:  “Once you can fake sincerity, you’ve got it made.”  It was another way of saying, “Fake it till you make it.”  To me, the underlying drift of Uncle Bobby’s and George Burns’ advice was an acknowledgment that pretending we feel some way that we don’t or that we know more than we do is universal.