August 4th, 2004


Teenagers in New York!

There are six teenage girls who live in Manningham, Alabama, and attend nearby Greenville High School. They're normal, fairly happy girl. They've been friends since sixth grade; originally they were also friends with Carol, but her family moved to New York.

In Glasgow, Montana, there's a completely separate circle of friends. There's only four of them, and they're all on the girl's track team. They're a grade ahead of the girls in Alabama. They'll be graduating next year.

Both groups have, over time spent together, developed slang that nobody else uses - exactly a dozen words each. As luck would have it, the words used by the kids in Manningham all mean the exact opposite of what they mean to those in Glasgow. To the girls of Manningham, a "shark" is a really attractive guy, but in Glasgow, the same term would be used to describe an ugly one. If one of the girls in Glasgow said that she was feeling "on the floor," she'd mean that she was feeling successful and in control of her situation, while a girl in Manningham would say that only if things were unstable and miserable. A teacher who grades easily and is friendly in Glasgow would be called a "big bear," while a harsh grader would be called a "blizzard." In Manningham, it's the other way around. And so on.

One of the girls from Manningham flies into JFK Airport in New York, to visit Carol, while another girl is flying in from Glasgow (well, actually Billings, since that's where the airport is) for a college visit to Columbia.

They see each other in the airport.

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