How To Hit A Curveball, Grill The Perfect Steak & Become A Real Man (Paperback)Stephen James & David S Thomas
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ByStephen James & David S Thomas
Number of Pages208 pp
Chapter OneHow to Hit a Curveball
The Art of Authentic Manhood
In the spring of 1984, I (Stephen) was a fifth grader,
and I was not cool.
In fact, on the social hierarchy, I was somewhere just
below average and just above dork. I wasn’t shunned
or disliked, but neither was I popular. I was mostly
ignored. I was vanilla ice cream. Sure, everybody likes
vanilla ice cream. It’s just not what most people would
pick given the choice at Baskin-Robbins.
I did not, in any way, enjoy fifth grade. Hindsight
being what it is, I can see now that I did have some
good times, but with all things being equal, for me fifth
grade sucked like a Hoover.
Earlier that year, my family had moved from my middle-
class boyhood home out by the airport to a house
on a hill in an upscale suburb south of town. What was
a great move for my family was a bad move for me. The
transition was horrible—kind of like drinking orange
juice after brushing your teeth.
We moved from a neighborhood where I had friends
in almost every house to a subdivision with only two
kids my age. One was a girl, and the other was a guy
who had hit puberty somewhere around kindergarten.
(I called him Man-boy, though not to his face.) When
I met him, he was already almost six feet tall.
Needless to say, I had trouble making new friends.