The Texture Of Things

Highschool Meme, Part 2

July 1st, 2007

Continued from Part 1…

14 If you could go back and do it over, would you?
No. Not in a million, billion, trillion, zillion years. But, as bad as some things were, I generally like who I am and how my life is turning out, so I don’t think I’d wish the past to be different.

15 What do you remember most about graduation?
That I promised my friend Stacy I’d go to the all-night party and I didn’t go. I blew her off. Our friendship was in the end stage, and I think me standing her up sealed that deal.

I remember that the girls had to wear white gowns and the boys black. We had to sit boy-girl, and every boy around me was absolutely dying from the heat. Our graduation was out in the mid-June sun. Oof.

I also remember that I begged my mom to let me not walk. She would not even hear it. I don’t blame her now, just as I don’t blame her for pitching the exact same fit when I begged to not walk at graduation for my undergrad degree. I did not, however, pitch that fit when I finished my masters.

16 Where were you on senior skip day?
In class. The only time I ever skipped was about a week before, when some friends and I skipped out of the middle of the day to go to Denny’s for Belgian waffles. We were all such good kids that we were able to convince them that we had indeed been in class, that there must have been a mistake in the attendance forms. Ha!

17 Did you have a job your senior year?
Working at a car wash. It’s how I learned that any soap not designed for cars (for instance, liquid dish soaps) will ruin your paint finish.

18 Where did you go most often for lunch?
Cafeteria. It’s where I learned to love french fries in ranch dressing.

19 Have you gained weight since then?
Ah, gee whiz, ya think?

20 What did you do after graduation?
Spent a glorious summer with my rock star boyfriend (see item 22), worrying only occasionally about what would happen when I went off to college, 2.5 hours away. Then I went off to college 2.5 hours away and took 5 years to do a 4-year degree.

21 When did you graduate?
H.S. 1991

22 Who was your Senior prom date?
Continued from item 13…
The way my friend suggested a replacement date was to say, “What about Larry*?”

I panicked. It was shortly before class started, so his voice carried through the almost-empty classroom. In the back was a skater boy named Larry, on whom I’d had a crush since freshman year. I tried to stay calm. “Larry who?” I said.

“Larry from my band.” Oh, thank god. Different Larry.

I felt instant relief when he said that, but only for a moment. Larry of the Rock Band was older and didn’t really know me, so I didn’t know why he’d want to go to Prom with me. My friend assured me that at least it’d be someone we both knew and could have fun with. I don’t think he could have predicted that Larry and I would date for, like, a billion years and then get married and have The Tot.

*Larry is a fictitious name.

23 Are you going / did you go to your 10 year reunion?
I always said I wouldn’t go, but I did. I didn’t get a chance to see everyone I wanted to see, but I saw some important people, like Kim, who seemed happy. That alone was worth the trip.

24 Who was your home room teacher?
My school didn’t have a home room system, but my first class of the day was almost always an English class. On purpose. Because I couldn’t possibly take any other subject at that ungodly hour.

25 Who will repost this after you?
Anyone who’d like to.


  1. H.G. says

    17…. I cannot believe that you didn’t mention that that is where you got your leg stuck in the car wash track and got your ankle mutilated. Or have you blocked that out…. whoops….

    22… Couldn’t you have picked a better fictitious name for me than “Larry” for pete’s sake? At least “Lawrence”… sorry to all Larrys reading this… your name sounds fine… on you… 😉

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  2. KLee says

    I love the fact that you worked at a car wash! That’s so not what I ever would have pictured you doing. (This is where I share in the embarrassment, and tell you that in high school I spent a stint as Chuck E. Cheese. Not just *working* at the restaurant, but AS the large, matted-fur rat. Ah, the tortures of high school.)

    And what is it with “Larry” sharing your ankle mutilation to the world? I say you get a free shot at posting something embarrassing that HE’S done — payback is, as they say, a bitch. 🙂

    I didn’t go to my reunion. I don’t think we HAD a ten-year reunion. People I went to school with were lazy, and most likely would not have gotten themselves together enough in ten years to organize something larger than a cheeseburger.

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  3. admin says

    Bah ha ha ha ha! I think I was peeved with you about something inconsequential when I chose “Larry”. And personally, I like the name Larry. Lawrence, on the other hand, is a bit pretentious, don’t you think?

    As for not mentioning the ankle incident, I have NOT forgotten that. I just thought people reading might be grossed out by it. So, this one’s for you, HG:

    17. It is also where I learned that if you step up onto the roller bar that keeps the car tires in the track so as to dry the windshield of a large van, you will have your foot sucked down into the track by the van’s tire, where it will be run over by the van and smoooshed into at least 3 pieces. Then, when your coworker brings an ice-cold soda can over because there’s no ice available anywhere, you will not think it is a kind gesture; instead, you will kick him in the face because the pressure and cold of the can on your skin will hurt as bad as the van tire.


    KLee, the car wash job was perfect. It was a full-serve car wash (interior and exterior), and my friend and I were skinny little things, so we got all the tips. I only had my ass grabbed one time, I think, to her 100 times, the poor thing.

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