Joanna was (and is) a big fan of Steely Dan. (But no, that’s not why I once had hair like most of the guys in this video.) In fact, when she went back to school and earned her college degree years after we were married, my graduation present to Joanna was tickets to see the band at the Gorge.

We met in the small, politically conservative, predominantly Mormon, southern Idaho town of Jerome. She was a single mother of three from California, while I had moved to Jerome to work as the city beat reporter and sports editor for the now-defunct local weekly and to stimulate the local bar economy. In other words, we both were liberal “outsiders,” which helped us identify with this song.

Lyrics here, with video below:

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