This year's Flicks on the Bricks ended with "Stand By Me," which is one of my favorite movies. It ends with a grown-up Gordie finishing the story he's writing with "I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?"
I've been thinking about this a lot in the last week and the friends I have now. I'm pretty lucky in the friend department. But are they better than the ones I had when I was twelve? Well, that's how old we all act most of the time, so it's really hard to tell.