In the fall of 1982 I was at a Speech Meet in Vienna, MO. Yes, I admit it, in high school I was a speech dork. I had finished the first round of my poetry reading and had just entered the gym to catch up with my friends between rounds. Almost immediately I saw a friend of mine from a neighboring school. She was on the far end of the gym and she had with her a very cute boy in a navy corduroy suit. From where I stood he was about her height and had a head of black hair. I remember very clearly thinking, that my friend had to introduce me to that very cute boy. Before I could catch up with them they were gone and I went on to the next round of events.
Somewhere between the second round and finals, I headed to the restroom. I walked in and there was that very cute boy with my friend and the two of them were smoking cigarettes. I know I must have stopped, stunned by what I was seeing. No, not minors smoking in a restroom, but that upon closer inspection the boy in the navy corduroy suit was a girl. I could not help, but notice the girl's dark eyes and that she had a lopsided smile like a pirate. I was disappointed by her gender, but you know I still thought she was attractive.