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possibly the most embarrassing meme yet: Senior Year in High School

Actually I'm not sure I can remember well enough to answer accurately but let's give this little wake-up exercise a go.



[What year was it?]
1979

[What were your three favorite bands?]
at some point I made an abrupt switch from John Denver and Dan Fogelberg and ABBA to Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Bob Dylan, but I don't remember exactly when that happened. shortly after that switch I discovered Patti Smith, but I know that was freshman year in college.

[What was your favorite outfit?]
Levi's, tshirt, flannel shirt. back then I was still going to church in a dress on sundays rather than simply dreaming about it all the goddamn time.

[What was up with your hair?]
ok every girl in school tried to have a farrah fawcett do. it wasn't like mine was that freaky or anything. but I did have to have a perm to get it to feather and sometimes the perms did not come out looking too good. I wish mom had let me cut my hair really short, but she had me convinced that it would look awful.

[Who were your best friends?]
Toni. I was a monogamous friend. Dave was still an acquaintance, and it wasn't until I came back from my first year at Emory that I started hanging out with him and Joe and getting stoned/drunk/whatever every friday and saturday night. I miss Dave and Joe.

[What did you do after school?]
I would draw and/or listen to music and/or play guitar. I was supposed to do homework and if necessary I would but most of the time studying was pointless because they would go over a concept so many times in class that no one could possibly forget it.

[Where did you work?]
I did not work. my parents gave me an allowance so I would focus on school.

[Did you take the bus?]
most of the time. we had real school buses in thoses days--none of this piling hudreds of students onto public transportation.

[WhoM did you have a crush on?]
Toni, unfortunately. given that I didn't know I was gay it was very confusing. I've never told her.

[Did you fight with your parents?]
not yet. adolescence did not really hit until my first year at college.

[WhoM did you have a CELEBRITY crush on?]
a few years earlier the miniseries "Centennial" introduced me to Richard Chamberlain, and my mom and I both expressed our admiration for his looks. this is the closest I came to having a celebrity crush until Catherine Deneuve starred in The Hunger in whatever year that was. 1982 or 3.

[Did you smoke cigarettes?]
nope. didn't smoke pot yet either although I knew that once I was living in the dorms I would start.

[Did you lug all of your books around in your backpack all day because you were too nervous to find your locker?]
no this was back before you had to fight for your life to get to your locker.

[Did you have a 'clique'?]
the nerds, perhaps, although I was as withdrawn from them as from anyone else.

[Did you have "The Max" like Zach Kelly and Slater?]
The what? like who?

[Admit it, were you popular?]
fuh. hell no. I was smart and very quiet and was just getting over being a jesus freak. you connect the dots.

[Who did you want to be just like?]
Stephen Hawking. except without the wheelchair

[What did you want to be when you grew up?]
an astrophysicist. having been told the jobs were scarce, I decided to aim for veterinary school instead. as we see, things turned out a bit different.

[Where did you think you'd be at the age you are now?]
I could not visualize myself as a 40-year-old woman so for me the future was a big blank. the fill-it-in-as-you-go method of moving through life has been very interesting, at least.
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