System of a Down – “BYOB”

When: July 2005
Where: San Gabriel Boulevard
Who: Assorted people
Weather: Hot, dry

Those suburban tract homes looked like they were made out of cardboard. “They’re projects for the rich,” I said. They weren’t really for the rich, they were for Chinese immigrants, but it was the same idea. They’re mostly abandoned now.

Three things happened during summer school. One, I flirted with Matt’s girlfriend, who left him for a short Irish meathead with a mysterious talent for baking. Two, Matt and I flirted with Stephanie, the first of many strange girls on the bus. Three, an 8th-grader picked a fight with both of us, and paid the consequences for his maladjusted suburban belligerence by earning the nickname “Rainbow.”

And this song was very popular.

Next: A song about Jack Donaghy’s management style.

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