Twenty years ago today the Berlin Wall fell. I’m obviously not equipped to do the event historical justice in this space, so I’ll share my own shallow personal remembrance: I was in the 11th grade, taking an advanced placement government and politics class. The teacher was way more interested in international relations stuff, however, so the syllabus and text for the class was premised almost exclusively on Cold War politics. With the fall of the wall, the entire lesson plan for the class was essentially mooted. It was at that moment that I realized “hey, maybe they’re not teaching us everything we need to know in school.”
Secondary remembrance: the fall of the Wall led directly to the Scorpions’ late-career hit “Winds of Change.” Who would have thunk that a band who once put out an album called “Virgin Killer” with a cover depicting a nude pre-teen girl covered in broken glass would one day tell us everything we needed to know about the thawing of NATO-Warsaw Pact relations? Anyway:
One definition of happiness: receiving a case schedule from a court and realizing that you’ll be long gone before any of the hard stuff has to be done.