- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 1, 2009

I just got back from my 30-year high school class reunion, which I thought was weird because I’m only 29 — give or take a decade or two.

I was curious to see who hadn’t aged well — and hoping that I wasn’t the one who filled that bill.

We all met at a family restaurant, where we dined and reminisced about our glory days.

I’m pretty good with names and faces, and some people I recognized immediately and others took a little time to register in my memory. But there was one guy I had no recollection of — Sam Bouchlas.

Everybody else said they remembered and knew Sam, but I did not recognize him and could not recall him in our class. I still don’t.

I suspect I am the target of some elaborate prank in which everyone else hired an actor to portray a fake former classmate named “Sam Bouchlas” whom they pretended to know in order to get me to doubt my memory. Either that, or I’m getting old.

I’m going with the elaborate prank scenario.

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This is one of those things that make you go “hmmm”: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has agreed to pay about $6,800 for family trips she had billed to the state.

An investigator looking into an ethics complaint examined more than 40 of her trips and found nine in which the personal benefits outweighed the state’s benefits.

The agreement between Mrs. Palin and the state says that nothing in it “constitutes an admission of wrongdoing, and none has been found.”

Both sides said state ethics rules on travel by the governor’s family are lacking, and the investigator described them as “dizzying.”

Hmmm.

If Alaska’s ethics laws can’t make a distinction between a state function and a family function, does that mean that Alaskans are one, big, happy family? Maybe, but I doubt it.

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