They used to joke about Grobbelaar's former profession, but they never discussed the subject in a serious way, according to Valentine. "Bruce was what you call a tracker," says Valentine. "He used to track down the guerrilla blacks in the jungle. It was just unfortunate for him. He was 18 when he was called into the army, and he had no choice."
Neither player was particularly political, so neither was fundamentally changed by the experience. "The only thing that changed was my habits," says Valentine. "Bruce was a very hyper person who lived sort of from day to day. He was always on the go, always up until three in the morning, and gradually I just went along with him. I always tell everyone I was such a quiet lad until I met Bruce."
Back in Muskegon, Elliott, the crazy roommate of the Lardner story, has taken a baseball bat to the head of the woman who jilted him and the man she married. He intended to kill them both, but just missed.
That's all of it, fellers; and you can see I had some excuse for not hittin'. You can also see why I ain't never goin' to room with no bug again—not for John or nobody else!