Thursday, June 30, 2005

and i thought i had forgotten all about them essays.

A funny thing happened on the drive to work today. As I was making my way to Cambridge one of my favorite songs came on the radio. As soon as I heard it, memories of writing one of my essays came rushing in. It was strange because I wasn't even remotely thinking about anything bschool related.

I don't remember what school it was for, but it was deadline time (no surprises here!) and I was working on the describe-a-failure-blah-di-dah essay. I was going to write about an experience in grad school where I came up with an idea, tried to start a venture around it with a few friends, worked really hard, eventually failed, but I realized that this is what I was cut out to do, and that entrepreneurship was my career goal, etcetera. But I was really struggling to find an interesting way to start my essay.

That day back then, on my way to work, I heard the very same song on the radio. And I had found my opening:

I got my first real six-string
Bought it at the five-and-dime
Played it till my fingers bled
It was the summer of '69

Me and some guys from school
Had a band and we tried real hard
Jimmy quit and Jody got married
I shoulda known we'd never get far

Oh when I look back now
That summer seemed to last forever
And if I had the choice
Ya - I'd always wanna be there
Those were the best days of my life


Stupid move perhaps, quoting Bryan Adams in an essay, but I thought it was pretty cool. The school didn't. Ah well, at least I'll remember those essay writing days everytime I hear a certain song.
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