Going Back to High School for the Monday Meme

I borrowed this meme from Stella who thinks she found it on Brighton the Corner Where you Are.

1. Did you date someone from your high school?

No, I didn’t date. I had one date when I was a sophomore that was the result of interference from a friend. She took it upon herself to tell a guy that I liked him and then turned around and told me he liked me as well. It was on the date – dinner at Pizza Hut on JFK Ave that we discovered that we didn’t like each other, and that our mutual friend was well-meaning but we wouldn’t be going out on a date again.

I had crushes, but the only time I acted on one, he ended up being “gay” or at least bi-curious with a mutual friend who didn’t think he was gay at all but was.

I didn’t have the confidence in myself to attract attention except when I was writing. I wrote a soap opera (that I still have somewhere) that kids would pass around at lunch and hound me for new pages. But I was fat, had big plastic framed glasses, unbelievably short butchy hair and dressed quite badly. No dates.

2. Did you marry someone from your high school?

No, I did date a guy from my high school when I was in college. I hooked up with him at the end of summer vacation just before my junior year. He was working at an auto-body shop in my hometown painting cars and doing some construction work. He was very muscular but dumb as a rock, and he was quite serious about me. I continued to see him a bit into the fall but I was also dating at school and eventually broke it off because he was clingy and I apparently didn’t want a boyfriend badly enough to use someone.

3. Did you car pool to school?

I always walked to school. It wasn’t far.

4. What kind of car did you have?

It wasn’t my car technically; it was Dad’s, a ’72 two door Dodge Dart. It was sweet.

5. What kind of car do you have now?

I drive the ’07 Avalanche.

6. On a Friday Night…what do you do now?

Hang with the husband.

7. On a Friday Night…where were you then?

Until I got a job at the mall, I babysat every Friday night for the Walsh kids. After I started working, I usually pulled a Friday night shift until 7 or 8 and then met up with friends for a movie or just hanging out. Small town meant cruising around and hanging out in parks or other abandoned looking places.

In the fall though, it was marching band at the football games when the team played at home.

8. What kind of job did you have in high school?

I worked at a cafeteria. It sucked. The boss was sexually inappropriate and emotionally abusive. I worked there two years and the first summer I came home after college.

9. What kind of job do you do now?

I was an English teacher for twenty years. Now I write.

10. Were you a party animal?

Party? I did party a bit as a senior. I was a late bloomer. I partied quite a bit as a sophomore in college and that was about it.

11. Where you considered a flirt?

I am considered one now, but as a teen I was painfully shy.

12. Were you in band, orchestra or choir?

Band. I joined as a junior not knowing how to play an instrument and ended up second chair bass clarinet. I played by ear which was helpful because I never took reading music seriously.

13. Were you a nerd?

That goes without saying.

14. Did you ever get suspended from school?

Almost. I was a gypping princess and when I got found out the Dean was not too happy, but I cried my way out of it, the only time having an alcoholic father and a crazy druggy brother was an asset.

15. Can you sing the fight song?


16. Who was your favorite teacher?

I didn’t like any of them.

17. Where did you sit during lunch?

As a junior and senior I went to all three lunches (I was the gyp princess) and sat in the café or down in the practice rooms by the band room.

18. What was your school’s full name?

Wahlert High School

19. Where did you party the most?

People’s houses or we would drive over to Wisconsin to grab a bottle of wine and head for the park. We didn’t drink often until the end of senior year.

20. What was your school’s mascot?

A golden eagle

21. Would you do it again?

High school? It sucked. I couldn’t wait to be older and away. That’s the way kids should feel about their teenage years too, in my opinion.

22. Did you have fun at the Prom?

I was never asked, so I never went. It’s not like it is today when kids can simply dress up and go with friends in a large group. It was about dating and therefore very exclusive.

23. Do you still talk to the person you went to the Prom with?

That person doesn’t exist.

24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion?

I went to my twenty-fifth with Rob. It was boring.

25. Do you still talk to people from high school?

A few of them are still in touch with me via Facebook mostly.

26. What were your school colors?

Blue and gold? I don’t know.

As always, I would love to read about you. Here or link back to your blog.

7 thoughts on “Going Back to High School for the Monday Meme

  1. Gotta agree, high school sucked. I did much better in college and graduate school. I, however, was Miss Goody Two-Shoes. I never even got into booze and weed in high school. Boooooring!

  2. Thanks for the mention! 🙂 And here is the link back to my answers.

    I found doing the meme a lot more enjoyable than any time I spent in high school! I’m with you: high school sucked.

  3. it seems to me (partly via reconnection with my high school chums via facebook) that those that pine for the ‘happy days’ of high school are generally a bit lost and miserable today. a couple friends in particular only post their profile pics as the high school pics… glory days and all that.

    i was miserable. fat, nerd, class clown, anarchist. owl glasses. band until 11th grade, where music and ‘belonging’ was replaced with booze and weed.

    by the way, what is “gyp”? “gypping”?

    1. Gypping is skipping or cutting class. I don’t remember what we called it when I was in high school but the kids I taught in middle school called in gypping, so I do now as well.

      I stole a pad a pink passes from the band director’s desk. It was easy to get into the band room in the afternoon when he wasn’t around because he never locked the office which was right off the band room. The locks were ridiculously easy to jimmy open with a wide tooth comb anyway. I broke into the lower hallway all the time using a comb. Anyway, I could forge several signatures well enough to fool even the person the signature belonged to. In addition to the Jack’s (the band director), I could do the newspaper advisor’s (I used her to get out of seven period government class early most days – long story) and I could mimic the principal’s quite well too, though I wouldn’t personally use it. Mostly I did Jack’s and I was constantly being asked for passes by my fellow bandmates. At the time, I didn’t think much about the consequences which is typical of seventeen. Combine the forging with my class cutting and overall non-attendance and the fact that I took the whole “freedom of the press” thing to adult irritating new heights and I would likely have been booted to the public school had I ever been found out.

      I loathed high school. I endured it like a prisoner of war, employing every subterfuge and subversive tactic I could think of to survive the brainwashing (and then I grew up and became a teacher, lol).

      1. Cool! Breaking and entering. Surprised you didn’t set up shop and sell the passes to the other kids… i was suspended for skipping school – only got caught because my friend slammed her sisters sports car into a school bus as we headed back to school after a leisurely breakfast.

        like you, i endured it. tried to make it entertaining, extract what i could that was useful. a few of my friends made it fun – we were constantly hacking on the administrations nerves, staging a fake “International Club” trip to the Belgian Congo (friend was the morning announcement “DJ” and he was announcing things like “Malaria shots with Nurse Stevens today for all students going to the Belgian Congo with the International Club”)…. generally we were all good students, so they let us fart around quite a bit…

        sounds to me as though you could have been running the place. both on the open side, and perhaps a blackmarket as well!

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