The Table of Knowledge

“Here’s to a ten years of The Table of Knowledge,” said Dan as he slopped the first round of beers down.  James reflected on the Table of Knowledge, the weekly symposium begun by six idealistic university undergraduates; they had been at the same table discussing the world’s problems and in some measure solving them.  Their banter traversed stories of marriage and divorce, children and careers; their friendship now held together by alcoholic glue.  The better part of a decade had been wiped away like dregs and James now saw five men discussing which female newsreader would look better naked.  He was startled to think that in another ten years he could still be at the same table, telling the same stories, just like other patrons who inhabited the dark recesses of the pub.  James put down his half finished beer and walked out into the night.

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