I mentioned a couple months ago that my Thursday carpool is a bit quiet--a carload of 6th grade boys. Well, it no longer sounds like a library on the way to Lincoln Middle School. Why have they started blabbering all the way to school? I attribute it to two things: 1. Baseball. Though we haven't been able to agree on the NL team to root for, we have been unified in our support for the Red Sox. Not that any of us are huge Sox fans, but "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." Nothing can unite a car of taciturn males quite like baseball. 2. Oldies Music. Who knew? These kids all love my oldies stuff. They were raised in proper homes! They can sing along to the Beatles, 3 Dog Night, Lynyrd Skynrd, Sly, CCR, etc. Put on B. W. Stevenson singing "My Maria," and the place explodes. And there is the formula for male bonding: oldies music and baseball playoffs. Just thought you'd want to know.