high school memories

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.

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