One of my best friends in the whole wide world turned 50 today. Here’s a post I wrote about her and our friendship back in 2013. Happy Birthday, JJ! You are simply the best.
Last week was my friend Janet Jackson’s birthday. Her name is not really Janet Jackson, but she used to dance in the streets of our college town like Janet Jackson — Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty — did in those videos from her hit album Control. What did you expect? It was the 80s after all.
Typically, Janet Jackson and I mail birthday gifts back and forth. Usually, the gift is emblazoned with the logo of our college alma mater.
That’s where we met. College. Janet Jackson and I lived on the same floor in the same dorm. Bigler Hall, Clarion House, 1985. We lived at opposite ends of the floor, which is symbolic of how we live at opposite ends of the state of Pennsylvania.
Initially, Janet Jackson thought I was weird. Can you imagine that? Closeted college-age butch weird? (Three things that…
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