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High School Meme

The year was: 1986

1. Did you know your spouse? No, graduated in May, met him in October. He was my first/only boyfriend.

2. Did you car pool to school? Dad gave a ride and if he wasn't able to, there was a school bus which I did ride for years. Ugh.

3. What kind of car did you have? 1978 Plymouth Volare Wagon. It was the family car and it was badly rusted. The back doors were eventually held closed from the inside with bungee cords. It was rear-wheel drive which is fun to drive on ice and snow. It looked a lot like this...



Awesome color, huh?

4. What kind of car do you have now? Blue BMW named The Surprise after a ship in the Patrick O'Brian books.

5. It's Friday night...where were you? At home most likely waiting for Miami Vice and Friday Night Videos. Maybe at a college hockey game if any of my friends had extra tickets.

6. What kind of job did you have in high school? Library page in the children's department of the local public library. Started at age 15. Lots of responsibility including cashing out and locking up after the evening shift.

7. What kind of job do you have now? Was a professional librarian until I had my kid and now I'm chief cook and bottle washer with chauffeur thrown in for good measure.

8. Were you a party animal? No. Wallflower, shy, awkward oldest child of extremely nervous overprotective parents. I was picked on and had a host of crap going on in my life that I've largely dealt with in therapy. Depression, particularly among children, wasn't really on the radar of any adult in my life. My parents just thought I was a shy, moody, mopey, loner bookworm. My 13 year-old just got screened for it as part of her back to school physical so I think things have changed, hopefully for the better.

9. Were you a cheerleader? No and my friends and I didn't think much of them as a group. But I was in pep band so I still remember this stupid cheer...how funky is your chicken, how loose is your goose. I guess it was the star football player's favorite and he dated one of the cheerleaders, how cliche. I wonder what it meant to them...the adult mind boggles....

10. Were you considered a jock? No. Ran cross-country for junior and senior year though. Amazing because I hated sweating and gym.

11. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? I played flute in the band.

12. Were you a nerd? Yes. I excelled at nerd.

13. Did you get suspended or expelled? I was terribly afraid of getting in trouble or of being anywhere near anyone else heading for trouble too.

14. Can you sing the fight song? No, I played it with the band so never bothered with the words.

15. Who was/were your favorite high school teacher? I liked my English teachers and the history teacher who always greeted us 'hey, kiddo'.

16. Where did you sit for lunch? In the gym/lunchroom with the smart geeky boys I was friends with and occasionally hopelessly crushed on.

17. What was your school's full name? Houghton High School

18. What was your school mascot? Gremlins...like the kind from the war years that would get in the motors of cars and planes. Here's the mascot from a school sports twitter feed.



19. If you could go back and do it again, would you? NO! Nonoooonoonnooooooo. I still have nightmares.

20. Did you have fun at Prom? Meh. The prom theme song was 'Just Between You and Me' by April Wine. My dress was a big poofy bubblegum pink thing from the JC Penney's overstock catalog I got for $30 bucks.

21. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with? No, we were just friends. We kept in touch at Christmas for a while after graduation but we lost touch after we left college and married other people.

22. Are you planning on going to your next reunion? No. My 30th is this year in a couple of weeks. I think I went to the 5 and 10 year ones. Maybe 20 too.

23. Are you still in contact with people from school? I still follow a couple of classmates on facebook and see one when I go back to my hometown. Most of my friends were guys who went on to other lives far away from my hometown. A couple of the girls I was friends with died really young from things like breast cancer and congenital heart problems. I just got facebook friended by one of the biggest bullies who said she regretted how mean she'd been. I told her I got that we were just kids and we all had crap we were dealing with. I wished her peace and that prompted her to leave a nice, emotional voice post. I'd like to think she's grown and changed but from what she's been posting, I don't think we'll be hanging out. Still, it was nice to realize I had moved on enough to be gracious.

24. What are/were your school's colors? Orange and Black...it looked like Halloween all the time.


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milly_gal
Jul. 23rd, 2016 04:48 am (UTC)
How cool, you were a librarian? It sounds odd but I always wanted to be a librarian. Books are my happy place!
galwithglasses
Jul. 23rd, 2016 09:51 am (UTC)
Books were my sanity for years. I love library work too. Even though I don't have a job at one now, I still volunteer my time in a couple of school libraries. It's still a happy place for me.
milly_gal
Jul. 23rd, 2016 02:41 pm (UTC)
I would love LOVE love to be a librarian, it may actually be my dream job!
brightly_lit
Jul. 26th, 2016 11:17 pm (UTC)
Ah, this is fantastic!! I love that it's illustrated. Your answers make me want to answer, too; I'll try to do my own list!

I ALSO drove an old Plymouth, but though I was a senior in high school later than you, my car was even older--a '74. ;-)

I especially love your tale of your prom dress (would love to see a pic of that! :-) )--I'll tell about mine, too.

Great post, thanks for sharing.
galwithglasses
Jul. 28th, 2016 01:35 am (UTC)
I stuck a couple of prom pictures up in a journal entry just for you. ;-) Your car would be a classic by now. The people who owned ours before us were big golfers so we had a Snoopy bumper sticker that said 'golf is a great game no matter how you slice it' even though none of us had ever been golfing.
brightly_lit
Aug. 10th, 2016 01:19 am (UTC)
Ugh, hard to imagine my high-school car ever being considered a classic--it was junk when it was made.

I got my first new car when I was almost 40, so all my previous cars were hand-me-downs, and there were some weird stickers on mine, too!
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