What might you do differently if you could relive your youth and Villa years?
(First, the editors would have taken credit, in some fashion, for a blog in the future. And anticipated the recent market meltdown)
But Michael Childs, in a e-mail rumination, answered in this fashion:
Ah, if I only could be back there, 40 years ago. What would I do differently? What would I do the same? Looking back, I would definitely have skiied harder and tried to climb more mountains. I would definitely have gone on more dates, if I could get them. I would have joined several of my classmates in the hotels along main street and learned about women earlier then it turned out. I would have told the seniors to stop beating up the Swiss after getting loaded on Cardinals.
But I still would have become a Cardinale, and I would have learned how never to become sick drinking alcohol. I would definitely have treated Mr. Jenerai (spelling?) with more respect. I would definitely have questioned religion more seriously. I might have tried to join the band as some kind of back up singer, but I’m sure they would not have wanted anything to do with me.
I might have tried to find a way to bulldoze Michael Bachman on the soccer field, which would have been impossible. I would have smoked a cigar in the Boswet library, and I would have told Tom Hanlon to stay out of cars, and Phillipe Echavaria to stop smoking Gauloise. I still would have listened to the Rolling Stones late at night in the library, and gone to their concert in Bern, and remembered Mick Jagger tossing out a bouquet of roses as he sang Ruby Tuesday. I would continue to look for wine cellars in the ski chalets, and I probably would have smoked marijuana if I could have found any, but I didn’t even know what to look for.
I would have tried to be more blunt about some things, and more social about other things, and understood that everyone was just trying to get by in this world. I would still admire the authenticity of some of my teachers. They were all sincere in doing what they tried to do. And in all things I would have remembered how special each day was. I would have done it again. Easily.