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I'm walking down the line
That divides me somewhere in my mind
On the border line
Of the edge and where I walk alone

I have so many great memories from the Fall of 2005 -- the semester where I made my dreams come true, met some wonderful people, and generally had the best time of my undergraduate collegiate career

In part II the focus is on Shanice and Darius, two of my former co-actors, and two of the most interesting people I met in college...

Shanice, Darius and I shared some great times. Besides Dan, Jen and Scott... from the cast Darius and Shanice I got along with the best. The three of us hung out a lot whenever I wasn't spending my time with Dan, Jen and Scott. Darius, Shanice and I would just sit back and chill during our breaks, talking about whatever and laughing at nothing. It was a strange bond in the sense that I felt we knew each other from a past life.... similar to how I felt with Steph (from Spring FEVER). The rapport and chemistry was naturally there from day one


One time we were on the road traveling to a local elementary school. Our task was to perform a play about the life and times of one, Martin Luther King, Jr. We didn't take one of those crappy buses, rather we rode in style -- a real nice, sleek charter bus. On that very bus ride I half-jokingly told Shanice what a nice couple she and Darius would make. She looked at me like I was crazy, NUT-HOUSE crazy


Shanice called me Stevie all the time. Never Steve, never Steven. It was always Stevie. I always found it sickeningly adorable how she'd say STEVIE, be it spiteful or playful; and this time, it was a bit of both

"Darius and I are just great friends. Nothing more, nothing less..."


"Stevie! I'm serious. I hate to risk losing that... you know"

But as that Fall 2005 semester went on, sure enough she fell for him. And of course, she placed every ounce of blame squarely at my feet, saying that I'd "planted the seed." But did they ever hook up?


I'll never forget the night Shanice and Darius got in a big argument, and I landed smack in the middle of it. One late night after rehearsal, Shanice insisted on driving me to my car. Darius
sat shotgun, and before I knew it they were arguing. I'd never seen them fight like this before.
I couldn't get out of there fast enough. I kept hoping she'd get to my car sooner rather than

They both asked yours truly to make the final call. Who was right, him or her?  Oh LORD

Darius, God Bless his heart coz deep down he's a terrific guy, but... dude's a freakin' pimp. Straight up. He is one of the biggest 'mack daddies' I've ever met. The argument stemmed
from last weekend's party. Some easy flirt came along and my man Darius took her ass
home... leaving Shanice at the party all by herself. MMmmm. Ouch

I didn't want to do Darius like that, but I knew he was more in the wrong here, although I
could see his point of view

"Well... I probably would have stayed with you Shanice...."


"... But... at the same time... I ain't gonna lie, it depends on the moment and how hot the girl is..."


Of course, I should never have said that, you see

"Are YOU SAYING.... that you would have left me too, if that were you?"

"UH... I- I-.... now I didn't say --"


Oh sweet Lord have Mercy. I remember sort of putting my head down, not wanting to make eye contact! And then in the MIDDLE of her tirade, as we entered the parking garage she lowered
her voice


"Uh, the very top"


I was so *GLAD* when Shanice finally reached the top floor. As they drove off I could see AND hear them still going at it. What a night...


Growing up I've always
wanted to be on a sport
team, or in a school
play. The thought of
coming together as
one to create a greater
whole has always appealed to me. September 2005 I
finally made the 'big time' and got to live out my dream. It was everything
I expected, and more

There were six guys. Our dressing room was modest. We all got along great, except for Brian and Pierre, who had their flareups in the past. But Darius, Dan, Scott and I helped keep things peaceful and harmonious. We cracked jokes at one another, talked about the girls and my favorite part... before each show we would sing random songs to psych ourselves up

At that time, Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" was THE song... and it was the one that started the madness

  • I walk a lonely road
    The only one that I have ever known
    Don't know where it goes
    But it's home to me and I walk alone

    My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
    My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating
    Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
    'Til then I walk alone

    Ah-ah, Ah-ah, Ah-ah, Aaah-ah

My favorite song we sang was Eye of the Tiger by Survivor. Dan brought in his CD player one night so we would have the instrumental blaring in the background as we sang

  • Risin' up, back on the street
    Took my time, took my chances
    Went the distance
    Now I'm back on my feet
    Just a man and his will to survive

    So many times, it happened too fast
    You trade your passion for glory
    Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past
    You must fight just to keep them alive

    It's the eye of the tiger
    It's the thrill of the fight
    Risin' up to the challenge
    Of our rival
    And the last known survivor
    Stalks his prey in the night
    And his fortune must always be
    Eyeeeeeee of the tiger

On a few nights after our song sessions we'd literally charge out of the dressing room like a tribe of warriors... it was such a high. And of course, the girls would come out and laugh saying "YOU GUYS ARE CRAZY! WE COULD HEAR Y'ALL FROM OVER HERE!"

Each guy brought something different to the motley crew that was the guys' dressing room. But it was Darius who made it the most fun with his phenomenal passion for life


The night before our play
opened, we had our final
dress rehearsal. Of all the
cast (12 actors) Shanice,
Darius and I were usually
the first 3 to get dressed.
That night was no different.
The 3 of us met up in the
dark hallway outside our
dressing rooms

We walked past the backstage area and entered the dimly-lit theatre. We were the only ones there. It was surreal standing there that evening. Goosebumps literally formed on my arms. We sat on the side of the stage near the wings (see the X). The lights were so dim I could barely make out the back row. It was a magical moment words cannot do justice. The kind of magical, peaceful moment we all too rarely get to relish in our lifetime... and if we did, the world would be a better place

So there we were -- just me, Shanice and D, decked out in our costumes. Sitting on the stage admiring the serenity and living the moment up. We were laughing and having a good time. But then, Darius got all serious and told me something so out of the blue -- and sincere -- that I'd never forget

"Steve, you would make a great family
man, bro"

"... What?"

"YEAH! I see it too, D." Shanice smiled
at me. "Stevie you know you'd make a
great family man!"

It was heartfelt, and heartwarming. The kind
of compliment you never forget. After that,
neither one of us said another word. We sat
there in the quiet darkness of the vast theatre,
taking in the ambience and looking out at the
hundreds of empty seats.... each one of us
lost in our own thoughts, hopes and dreams

        And as I looked out at the empty
        seats, chills ran up and down my
        spine as if someone took electrical
        wires and brushed 'em across the
        back of my neck
. In less than 24
        hours, those VERY SAME seats
        would be filled with family. Friends.
        Cute college girls. Classmates.
        Colleagues. Professors from all
        departments. The lights will shine
        bright. And my life long dream of
        being in a University production...
        will finally come to pass


My favorite Shanice memory stems from a special play we put on for a bunch of senior members in our community. A six-person show; among them: me, Shanice, Dan and Jen. The guys played high school jocks, the gals high school Shakespeare-loving book worms. One scene I had with Shanice was simply a riot. We played a modern day Romeo & Juliet in this scene

  • Juliet [Shanice]: But how the heck did you get in here?  You know my dad will kill you
    if he sees you!

    Romeo [Me]: I don't give a crap bout YO' DAD!  COZ BABY *grab her, hold on tight, slight pause* I LOOOOOOOOOVE YOU!

The old folks laughed so hard I thought a few might croak then and there!

After the show, the old folks treated us to lunch and many of them came over to thank us for coming here today and giving them a good show. It was nice doing such a feel-good altruistic act for the old timers... there was no charter bus. The six of us went in two cars. Our director/coordinator gave us the option. It was during FINALS week, December 2005, so the fact that enough of us wanted to do the show... really spoke volumes

It was a beautiful day... being there with Dan, Jen, Shanice... putting on this show for our community's senior members. Jen and Dan had already hooked up by this point, but no
one in the cast knew it except for me. I remember the sly glances they gave each other
at lunch that day!  They served us plate after plate as though we were rock stars. Shanice
said at one point, "Awww look how you taking a sip outta that Stevie, it so cute" and I'd just
roll my eyes at her. The old-timers came up to pat us on the back and shake our hand. We
didn't make "theatre history" that afternoon, but we sure did brighten the day for a few folks,
and that's just as rewarding as putting on a great show for 300


It was simply a magical semester; one that saw my best times at college. I'll always look back on those days with a real deep fondness, and whenever I do, I can't help but somehow think of those two crazy cats.... Shanice and Darius

  • BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS by Green Day (4:48)


  • EYE OF THE TIGER by Survivor (3:43)