Timothy Egan has a thought-provoking post on his New York Times blog regarding Michael Phelps and A-Rod, both of whom labeled their pot/steroids adventures as youthful indiscretions – i.e. they used the “I was young and stupid” defense.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I would like to admit that I, She-Fan, was young and stupid once. O.K. More than once.
Here, for example, are a few of my transgressions while in high school….
1) I regularly lied about being at the library and instead was at Yankee Stadium so I could flirt with him.
2) I cut school to go have a hamburger at the local coffee shop and stole the keys to my friend Billie Pardo’s car to do it.
3) I conned my parents into letting me spend a summer in France by promising to take college courses, only to spend my days here.
4) One year I had two dates on New Year’s Eve because I couldn’t decide which guy to go out with. Andy Kampf brought me home at midnight and Jimmy Lowell picked me up at 12:05, and neither was the wiser.
5) I was in a high school sorority, and during Hell Week I forced a pledge named Penny McGill to eat several of these raw.
6) I drank Singapore Slings at the bowling alley with Christy Guzzetta, because it was the only place in town where they didn’t ask for I.D.
I was young and stupid, as well as naive and immature. I’m glad I won’t be forfeiting an endorsement deal with Kelloggs or a multi-million-dollar contract with the Yankees to set the record straight.
But I feel so much better with the monkey off my back.