Originally written on Black Dog Hates Skunks  |  Last updated 1/21/12
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Was at a surprise birthday party for one of Jenn's friends last night and as I was at the bar buying drinks a woman said 'Are you Pat McLean? You used to coach my brother Ryan.'I looked at her and after a dim moment realized who she was, the younger sister of a kid I coached for three seasons twenty years ago.You're a lot taller than the last time I saw you, I remarked.Caught up for a while, turns out that life had been good to her, her brother, their Mom and aunt, they lived just around the corner from us in High Park all those years ago and I got to know the family quite well. Also at the party, another young woman who I also remembered, they were still friends after all of these years. This one remarked how she had a crush on me way back in the day.Very funny. Very weird.Grinding out January, winter has finally arrived although the cold and snowy stretch of days we see here and there are almost immediately followed by a couple of days of rain which leave everything grey and muddy...
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