The real story was in the number, 292.  By any standard, a high and SAFE number.  I was getting ready to, and did go to Canada, where I hitch-hiked from one end to the other, not always on a natural high.  I was vehemently opposed to the Vietnam War, and attended many peace rallies.  I did not serve in the military, but have given back in other equally patriotic ways.  I am, and always have been, an American.