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Sweet Sixteen

We shouldn’t have been in the same place at the same time, but the Universe and its mysterious magic was in play. Our improbable meeting quickly blossomed into love. It was just different this time and we both knew right away.

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Today I woke up with Van Halen’s “Can’t Stop Loving You” playing in my head. This song is from Balance, released in 1995. I was 26 years old at the time of the release, and this was my final year of living in Florida before packing it up and moving to Washington DC to completely start over…

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It’s 2021 and I’m missing the eighties. The music was fun, life was low-tech, and I was free to roam, no mask required. Out on the open road, Van Halen on my car cassette player, a roll of quarters as my safety net.

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