On the sixth day of school, Pac-Tech1 gathered all its members, old and new, in the scene shop. For me, most of the faces were familiar. The club's board members were all in attendance, as were most of the juniors and sophomores, and all of us were sizing up our new crop of freshmen. To their silent but shared dismay, all but two were girls. Even the established females of Pac-Tech know that most girls who enter our ranks rarely present at more than two sequential meetings before drifting out of the reach of anyone in the theater. Alex2, one of several new recruits that day, was the exception that proved the rule.
Alex didn't find the favor of the veterans easily. Mike and Kirby are rarely subtle in their mockery of the new freshmen, but Alex got it worse than most. Often around the shop, I would hear the mocking parody her voice asking simple questions, born of her own unashamed ignorance. I heard it told more than once that she asked “Do I use the orange or yellow batteries for this drill?” An observer would note that there...
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