...on July 21st, 1998, a dozen years since I'd said goodbye to Julie and her family, I ran into good friend and ex-Cowboy Jazz piano/saxophonist Deanna Bogart.
I launched into this story, the first time any other member of Cowboy Jazz would hear it.
As soon as she realized who I was talking about, Deanna excitedly began her own story:
We were breathlessly stammering at each other. I finished my story, to Deanna's astonishment. We both agreed: Carlwhat a loser.
Julie's life turned out OK.
I wonder about the reasons she and Carl split. Was it really as simple as explained in the letter? Did Carl's abusive drinking play a role? The dissolution of a marriage, even a dysfunctional, abusive marriage, is likely a complex and painful matter.
I wonder if she ever took drum lessons.