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My first memory is of my fourth birthday. We went out to my new grandparent's house in the country to celebrate, and there was a huge dragonfly infestation. They were everywhere, and I thought it was all for me. My step-father held up his hand with four fingers and said, "You are four."

I went through 2nd-grade three times. First was 2nd-grade in the States where I won the 2nd-grade spelling bee, possibly my life's apogee. Then that summer I was in England when my mom fell ill, had a retina detach, so she stayed in the UK with me - she's still a British Subject, and I was enrolled in 3rd-grade but couldn't keep-up, so I was quickly relegated to 2nd-grade. Next year I was back in the States when my parents decided to send me to school across the border in Mexico, so I was put into a class with kids my own age which was, of course, 2nd-grade.

When I was eight, almost nine, my mom attended a six-week Spanish immersion program in Guadalajara for the summer. For weeks the only words I saw spelled in English were on a Burger King sign seen from a bus to and from the Institute. One day, while we were out and about in the city, we passed a newsstand where I happened to notice a copy of Creepy in English with what looked like a zombie on the cover and promised 'Tales Guaranteed to Give You Nightmares!' I was so starved of reading something in English that I begged Mom for half a block before she went back and bought it for me. I had nightmares for years.

While I was ten and still going to school in Mexicali, I started a small-time international smuggling ring: Roman candles, M-80's, bottle rockets, bricks of lady-fingers and so on. It kept me supplied with candy bars and Cokes for as long as it lasted, and I was finally popular even though I went to school in Mexico, at least in my neighborhood. Everyone was loaded for moose. One night, it must have been sometime in '72, we're all eating dinner at the table when another string of lady-fingers gets lit down the street, and my step-father goes off, "Jesus... all of a sudden it's like 'Nam out there!" Of course I take a certain satisfaction from it, and I want to tell him that it's all thanks to me, but I keep it to myself.
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