Lori Ostlund Calvin goes first, telling them about the time he was in Florida and decided to attend a Beach Boys concert, not really knowing anything about the Beach Boys except that they played music for basking in the sun to, which--Calvin being from Michigan--might explain why he knew so little about them. He hitched a ride up to Fort Lauderdale, which was where the concert was being held, with a guy in a convertible who dropped him off right at the stadium, and it wasn't until the band came on stage hours later that he realized the convertible guy, the guy with whom he'd scored the ride, was actually one of the Beach Boys, the drummer, whose name he couldn't recall. This is exactly how Calvin tells the story, his clauses like tired acrobats that can't quite stick their landings, and though the others at the table have known Calvin only a day, they are disappointed. Joe goes next, then Martin, and after them Noreen and Sylvie begin a long story about their first date, on which they went to a rundown bar on the west side of Albuquerque, the kind of place, Sylvie explains, where Hispanic
Prairie Schooner – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Jun 25, 2009
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