As I was listening to 1988 music this weekend, a song reminded me that I did an inspection in 2007 for someone whose name was familiar.
At the end of the inspection I said, “I went to high school with a guy named __________ but that was in Kingsville, Texas.”
He looked shocked, and after catching his breath, said, “I went to King High. I knew a Russel but his last name was Kirk.”
“Well, in 2004 I dropped my last name Kirk and took my middle name as my last name. So you’re looking at the former Russel Kirk, now Russel Ray.”
We talked about what brought him to San Diego (the Navy in the late ’70s) and why I changed my name (estrangement from the Kirk relatives).
Here is the song that reminded me of that event:
“Small World” by Huey Lewis & The News
The lyrics have absolutely nothing to do with my situation, but I had never really listened to the words. I just remember my wise old grandmother always telling me that “it’s a small world” in the context of meeting someone from your past in a faraway place.
The words do have a lot to do with what currently is going on in the world, even right here in the United States with health care, gay marriage, the Confederate flag, this whole group of Republican nuts running for President, etc.
All around the world
There are people like you and me
From the poorest beggar in the street
To the richest king and queen
Some people take
And then they never give
You gotta learn to give and take
If you wanna learn to live
In a small world
Small, small world
Now we can
Fight one another
Like they to on T.V.
Or we can
Help one another
The way it’s supposed to be
If we all give a little
It could really mean a lot
It’s a small world
But it’s the only one we’ve got
Small, small world
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