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in preschool, and I actually got to hang out with him last June. Zack’s been the bass player for Josh Ritter for 20 years, and every time Ritter comes to town, Zack gets us backstage tickets. Jimmy’s job is also cool, though I’m not sure what he actually does. After getting his Ph.D. in math and engineering, he was recruited to do undisclosed tasks for the government. But long before that, Jimmy was the new kid on my street, since he moved to Virginia from New York. We were best friends frommiddle school through high school. Visiting my boyhood home always brings up old memories. My friends and I thought Virginia was such a boring state when we were growing up. We couldn’t wait to get out of there! Today, I look at that town, right in the foothills of the Blueridge Mountains, and I wonder how I was blind to all the beauty.
This month, Renee and I are taking Audrey to visit my parents up in Virginia. I love Texas, but I don’t might getting out of the heat and humidity for a few weeks in August. When we visit my parents, I’m always shocked by how green and lush everything is! Texas has some beautiful fauna, but my hometown is a rainforest by comparison. My parents still live in my boyhood home, so these trips are always a huge blast to the past. Like most ‘80s kids, my childhood was pretty much like that Netflix show “Stranger Things” — just with less monsters and more movies and Nintendo. I invested hours in “The Legend of Zelda” and “Super Mario Bros.” as a kid. I don’t play games anymore, but I do still enjoy movies. Indiana Jones was my hero when I was a kid. To me, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Temple of Doom” were the best movies in the world. Meanwhile, Renee’s family didn’t watch a lot of movies. There were many ‘80s classics my wife had never seen before we started dating. It’s been a privilege to introduce her to my childhood nostalgia. Those scenes with the kids on their bikes from “Stranger Things” also bring back childhood memories. My friends and I would spend hours outside, riding our bikes around town or playing in the woods all day. From the time I was in kindergarten, I remember being allowed to run around the neighborhood with my friends without a single adult in sight. That kind of thing would never happen today!
Now, don’t worry, I don’t have plans to move back to Virginia. It’s nice to visit the old stomping grounds, but I couldn’t give up the music, restaurants, and atmosphere of Austin! Besides, I can’t think of a better place for my daughter to make her own childhood memories than here in Texas.
–Dr. Seth Evans
Of all the friends I had growing up, there are two who I am still close friends with today: Zack and Jimmy. Zack is probably the first friend I ever had. We met
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