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Tossing A Reverie

In the summer of 2003, I was a proud high school graduate with little in the way of responsibility and all the time in the world to contemplate my future.

I was 18 years old and would be headed to the University of Washington come autumn. I had a job working retail at the mall, but my concerns rarely lent themselves to selling shoes or folding t-shirts. I’d rather hang out, watch baseball, listen to music, go to movies, impress the opposite sex, or work out — all of this according to my AOL Instant Messenger profile, of course.

I was still very much a kid back then, one who had never really emerged from the cocoon that seems to envelop the Greater Seattle suburbs. I was naive, goofy, quiet, innocent, and all the things you tend to be before you settle into adulthood.

In that final summer before college commenced, I just wanted to hang out with all the other kids that I’d grown up with. Kids who would move on to different schools in different towns. Kids I might never see again. Kids that I enjoyed being around. I think we knew back then that life would never really be the same for any of us. And for the final few months of our adolescence, it was important that we embrace the memories we had in our past, as well as those we would create over the following weeks.

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Chad Cordero Found Hanging Out With Teenagers In Everett

chadcorderoexposDon’t worry. This isn’t some story pulled from the files of Dateline: To Catch A Predator. There will be no arrests. No Chris Hansen. No transcripts of online chats. No inserting “your bleep” in “her bleep.”

Rather, this is a story of perseverance and determination. Which should fully explain why Chad Cordero, the one-time All-Star closer, is hanging out with teenagers in Everett in the first place.

Recently promoted from, well, essentially nothing, Cordero has emerged in the Great Northwest as a less-heralded version of his former self.

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