April 27, 2005:

Beautiful Michelle. Half Cherokee Indian, half Swedish blonde.

She likes you. Her mother flirts on her behalf.

She's lovely, but you're not free. Or maybe you are. Technically you are. You've broken up. It was your decision. But you're in love and on the phone the plan is that you'll fly out to meet her in New York when the tour ends. Or maybe a few days earlier.

Two weeks later beautiful Michelle, who wants you, continues her life in La Jolla, while you cry hot tears in New York City, first in the hotel shower, then in the airport, then in the train south to North Carolina, where your ex-roommate awaits your friendly visit with a mixture of impatience and annoyance that she's invited you during finals.