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  • Back in the day I was always the guy with the camera. Something about having that little point and shoot just seemed right. And I still have a large box of moments forgotten by many of the unknowing subjects. We all had a good time back then. I'm sure I'm remembering that right. Except for this one girl. She had problems. Drinking problems. Violence problems. And she was dating one of our good friends. So she was always around, teetering on the brink of crazy. We all drank then. Most of us knew when to stop or were always reminded by the others when to stop. But something about this girl was wrong. Every night we knew her devolved into a slurring, angry mess. She drank whiskey. The final straw was when she pulled a knife and held it to the throat of our roommate. In a public bar. We never knew why. Probably couldn't understand it anyway. We got the knife away, and her boyfriend took her home. I never saw her again. Until one day I was working and half watching CNN on mute. There was a scandal. It was a politician. No real reason to unmute. Until I saw that it was not a professional politician, but an Atlanta radio talk show host and former CEO of a pizza chain. Herman Cain was the GOP frontrunner then. And some women were claiming harassment. And that was a big problem for him. But not as big as the one I was currently watching. This was a woman that was claiming an affair. More than a decade. She had phone records and other supporting evidence. She looked sad and exhausted and defeated. And she was taking him down. And she looked vaguely familiar. And they showed her name. And it hit me. I went to the large box of old, nearly forgotten memories. There it was. It was Ginger, and she's standing in our old kitchen with some of our other friends from that time. One is a real estate guy. One is a teacher. One now has a Grammy award. And one is a sad, exhausted, defeated woman who derailed a presidential candidate.
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