October 12, 2017:

In this city a large number of lifetimes ago I dropped my fork deliberately at a Christmas banquet so that with no-one observing beneath the table I could sneak in a quick sob.

University; exploration; growth; experimentation leading to self-knowledge. "Drugs and sex are as much a part of the process of education as reading is." — Mick Jagger

What I learned that year was that while I may believe in free love, in actual practice I can't handle my end of it. Where you're expected to be patient, un-possessive, supportive, and above all not hurt. I'm not that guy.

So that this trip — my first time back — is in many ways the closing of an overlong circle. Substituting celebration for tragedy, good vibes for bad, happy memories for sad. May they all live happily ever after.