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A Tribute to the Flying Dildo Brothers-Class of '77 at Valpo

From his place in eternity with God, Matt Balender remembers the other members of the Flying Dildo Brothers fraternity, class of 1977, Valparaiso University--their inebriation, their laughter, their tears, their pain, and their eternal love and remembrance.
I am a member of the Flying Dildo Brothers fraternity, class of 1977, Valparaiso University. I passed on to the next life only a handful of years after graduation and now await the arrival of the rest of my Brethren who will join me with God and Christ in this great Kingdom I've been privileged to be a part of in eternity past, present, and future.

One nice thing about eternity--I have plenty of "time" to rest, write, and think. Since it is the Silver Anniversary of the graduation of the Men who comprised the legendary Flying Dildo Brothers Fraternity at Valparaiso University, I'd like to offer a few brief thoughts.

Twenty five years ago, I didn't think I'd be entering the next life at age 26. But then again, our other Brothers weren't thinking about the impending viscissitudes of life and death either. Collectively, we've survived at least 3 divorces, numerous career setbacks, love-of-one's-life-end-of-relationship chronicles, one heart attack and open heart surgery at 35, and the usual joys and pains for those of us who became parents. Several of us actually attained the degree of Ph. D. A couple of us survived a few years in the Lutheran ministry. One of us even managed to serve time with American intelligence in the Middle East at the height of a revolution, lo these many years ago--he has lived not to tell the story, although he now writes about other things for readers and audiences who have no idea who he was--or is. Life does go on.

And it continues to Go On for these great Flying Dildo Brothers of the Class of 1977 at Valparaiso University, America's Greatest German Lutheran Institution. We were, and are, collectively committed to the immortal words of Don Juan:

"Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter,
Sermons and soda-water the day after.

Man, being reasonable, must get drunk;
The best of life is but intoxication:
Glory, the grape, love, gold, in these are sunk
The hopes of all men, and of every nation. . . .

Alas! the love of women! it is known
To be a lovely and a fearful thing!

Don Juan (1819-24), canto 2, stanzas 178, 179, and 199
Lord Byron (George Gordon, 6th Baron Byron) [1788-1824]
English Poet (no shit)



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