We went into the garage so I could see some of the boards. They pointed out one that was made of aluminum. I asked if that was common and was told that it’s not. They explained that the aluminum is woven in with the fiberglass.
I said, “This may be a stupid question, but do you surf?”
They all told me that they did surf, and I said, “I just wonder if there is anyone who makes surfboards but doesn’t surf.”
Jesse said, “Yeah, there are. They’re in China.”
Repo Man was still playing in the living room. The crowd watched quietly. One guy, who’d had a lot to drink, would occasionally slur something such as, “Oh, yeah, this is a good part. Watch this.”
I went out to the back yard to talk to the tall dude again.
He told me about his recent high school reunion on the Queen Mary and about the people in high school who were popular but now seemed like losers. He added that he was happy to reconnect with his friends.
He told me that the cops showed up because the party got too rowdy. I thought about the crowd inside and said, “We don’t have to worry about that happening here.”