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'Look, Carl, the glory days are over. You might want to slip into something a little more comfortable.'
"I played polo in college."
Tags:college, colleges, polo, polo player, polo players, polo game, polo games, grim, grims, grim reaper, grim reapers, angel of death, embodiment of death, death, favourite sport, favorite sport, college team, college teams, mythical creature, mythical creatures, glory days, mythical being, mythical beings
"Oh, sure, high school. I remember now."
Tags:high school, secondary school, growing up, grown up, reunion, reunions, school days, remember, remembering, memory, memories, football, american football, football player, football players, jock, jocks, out of shape, living in the past, glory days, peaked in high school, quarterback, quarterbacks, popular, cool kid, cool kids, popular kids
"Success came too early. When he was ten, he hit three homers in three times up in the Little League, and nothing has seemed worth while since."
Tags:success, early success, early successes, burnout, burnouts, burned out, burning out, glory days, little league, baseball, baseballs, baseball player, baseball players, homer, homers, home run, home runs, peaked, peaked early, peaking early, peaked too soon, loser, losers, slacker, slackers, manchildren, glory years, high school, elementary school, sports star, sports stars
"Mr. Whitlocke can't speak to you now. He's sculling on the Charles."
Tags:receptionist, receptionists, reception, secretary, secretaries, office, offices, business, businesses, businessman, businessmen, executive, executives, boss, bosses, manager, managers, management, charles river, river, rivers, boston, massachusetts, university, universities, rowing, rower, rowers, glory days, living in the past, scull, sculling, sculler, scullers, higher education, college, colleges, oar, oars, sport, sports
'See, dear? I told you it still fits!'
"10th Anniversary Woodstock Reunion'
Tags:reunion, reunions, high school reunion, middle aged, hippies, 60's, 70's, growing up, grown up, grown ups, adults, glory days, memories, memory, woodstock, anniversary, anniversaries, festivals, festival, concert, concerts, music, rock music, ageing, aging, age, fashion, fashions, style, styles, trend, trends, trendy
Bill hits the ground running, makes a big splash early on, and rides a roller-coaster of insane popularity right into the "Where Are They Now?" Wilderness of Forgotten Celebrities.
Tags:fame, famous, celeb, celebs, fortune, celebrity, celebrities, public, adoring public, fickle, fickleness, star, stardom, popularity, discard, discarded, disposable, disposable society, culture of fame, knock off one's pedestal, glory, inglorious, hubris, disgrace, public disgrace, vip, superstar, consigned to oblivion, celebrity culture, banish, banishment, exile, public memory, glory days, unfashionable, out of fashion
Sunrise. Sunflop. Sunback.
"Yes, I still wear my Harvard ring. It helps when I slug someone."
Tags:university, universities, college, colleges, uni, glory days, alumni, alum, university ring, university rings, fight, fights, class ring, class rings, graduation ring, graduation rings, fist fight, fist fights, punch, punched, slug, slugged, alcohol, booze, bar, bars, pub, pubs, drink, drinks, drinker, drinkers, drinking, drunk, drunks, bar fight, bar fights, men, man
"How long has it been now, Mary, since I've been off the charts?"
Tags:banjo, banjos, washed up, washed-up, musician, musicians, chart, charts, music chart, music charts, pop star, pop stars, pop chart, pop charts, number one, radio, popular music, unpopular, retired, retirement, retirements, celeb, celebs, celebrity, celebrities, banjo player, banjo players, glory days, reminisce, reminiscing, happy memories, happy memory, entertainer, entertainers, entertainment chart, entertainment charts
"I still remember my first frenzy."
Tags:shark, sharks, feeding frenzy, feeding frenzies, frenzy, frenzies, shark, sharks, predator, predators, prey, preys, food chain, memory lane, memory lanes, reminisce, reminiscing, old age, old-age, food chain, fond memory, fond memories, teen, teens, teenager, glory days, parent, parents, parenting, nostalgia, nostalgic
"I beat the daylight out of plenty of guys just like you. Come to think of it, it was always the same guy. Sorry."
Tags:geezers, men, old men, seniors, senior, fight, apology, attrition, confrontation, aggression, temper, anger, violence, peace, memory, realization, epiphany, recognition, identity, behavior, rant, conflict, resolve, resolution, disagreement, quarrel, grandpa, glory days, fighting, testosterone, faux pas, moment of realization
'That's right kiddo, kings, queens, emperors, sultans and maharajas! I mingled with them all...'
Tags:animal, old, elderly, grandpa, stories, story telling, glory days, hay day, horse, horses, polo, polo player, polo players, polo match, polo matches, polo game, polo games, reminisce, reminiscing, reminiscent, king, queen, royalty, emperor, sultan, maharaja, nobility, mingle, socialite, fame, famous, sport
"Baldo, we all learn from our mistakes. When I played baseball, a fly ball popped up right above me. If I caught it, we'd win...if I dropped it, we'd lose."
Tags:baldo, mistake, mistakes, fly ball, fly balls, baseball, baseball player, baseball players, life lesson, life lessons, make a mistake, makes a mistake, making mistakes, celebration, celebrations, excessive celebration, excessive celebrations, big mistake, big mistakes, fatherly advice, glory days, victory dance, victory dances, bad winner, bad winners
All Washed Up
Tags:kwarky, whale, washed up, has been, has beens, has-been, has-beens, loser, losers, lost, depressed, depression, depressive, useless, drink, drinks, drinking, alcoholic, alcohol, down and out, former glory, past, celebrity, fame, over the hills, achievement, achievements, mental health, peak, decline, identity, image, self-esteem, self-worth, in the past, glory days, rock bottom, reputation, downward spiral, shadow, former self, beached whale, beached whales, whale stranding, beaching
"I remember when I was the best thing going"