I barely recognized Clarkson. He would have been the last of my high school acquaintances I'd have expected to meet at a Party event—some policy-launch shindig, all tepid canapés, foul coffee, and wobbly display boards—but there he was, 10 years older. Trim beard, sharp tie.
"Oh, by the way," he said, after the mutual reintroductions, "is your old man still in the Ramblers?"
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