Fresh meat

By Joe Duty | Published Thursday, August 25, 2011

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“I did it when I was a freshman, and you’ll do it when you’re seniors. But you’re doing great. Now fry like bacon, you little freshman piggies. Fry!”
– Simone in the film “Dazed and Confused”

Fresh slabs of untested, pink meat are tossed into the frying pan. Sheared from familiar roles, day one pops and startles newcomers like baby fat submerged in hot grease.

Meanwhile, the older slabs have acclimated and grown tough as gristle. They take it all in stride, settled into their lumps, as the nascent pieces squeal in the heat.

Monday morning, before sun broke like an egg yolk over Decatur High School, the moms of the 2012 senior class cooked a grand breakfast for students and faculty.

Despite the darkness before dawn, our roaming photographer shot this image without a flash, using only light available from the electric lamps of a nearby pickup. The lines intrigued him, while the subject created the metaphor.

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