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Remembering High School

I never, ever do these, but I do read a few livejournals and other blogs, and they all seem to do these "meme" things fairly often. This one, and mercuryeric's responses to it, sparked my interest so I thought I'd give it a try. He got it from carabosse.

Austin Preparatory School, North Reading, Class of 1989

What were your three favorite bands or musical artists?

  • Boston (What's not to like about a band led by a MIT Ph.D. who designed the analog amplifiers his band used on tour? Tip: only listen to the first three albums, avoid the later ones.)
  • Rush (starting from Moving Pictures onward)
  • Sting (the solo stuff, starting with The Dream of Blue Turtles. I had not been a Police fan when they were popular in the early 80s, although I did appreciate them later.)

What was your favorite outfit?

The school had a dress code (shirts and ties, later relaxed to allow polo shirts) so this doesn't really mean much. I do remember having a very wide brown tie I was particularly fond of. That.. and corduroys, OH MY GOD the corduroys...

Anything was OK as long as it was black, grey, or red. Sneakers also weren't allowed, so I had a pair of brown penny loafers that I actually put pennies into.

What was up with your hair?

Short but greasy. I wanted to sleep late but had to make the bus by 07:15, so I frequently washed my hair the evening before and then just rolled out of bed into clothes the next morning.

School dress code did not allow hair longer than collar-length. In college I let it grow much longer.

Who were your best friends?

Greg Bix, Al Costa, Joe Magnifico, Jeremy "Z" Delorean, the rest of the chess club.

Where did you work?

Memorial Hall Library in Andover, as a "page"-- fetching books and magazines from storage, reshelving books.

Did you take the bus?


Who did you have a crush on?

All boys' school, so in my case, no-one, although other students did have the hots for the Spanish teacher, Ms. Bartoletta.

Did you fight with your parents?

On a recurring basis. Usually about doing chores, completing homework and TV privileges.

Who did you have a CELEBRITY crush on?

No one springs to mind. Gillian Anderson of the X-Files didn't come along until much later.

Did you smoke cigarettes?

Nope; didn't get into anything like that until college.

Did you lug all of your books around in your backpack because you were too nervous to find your locker?

Lockers were far too small to hold all the books you needed. Plus, they were all on the first floor of the school, and many of my classes were on the fourth and fifth floors. Plus, there were exactly three minutes allowed between classes. So, yeah, I carried pretty much all my books. During the free periods and lunch periods you had time to use your locker or eat something-- but not both, usually.

Did you have a 'clique'?

If you can call the chess club a "clique" then I guess so.

Can I increase my geekiness quotient if I mention I was once a chess team alternate for all of five minutes?

yeah... I thought so.

Did you have "The Max" like Zach Kelly and Slater?

I have no idea what this means. MercuryEric wrote:

I assume this is some "Saved by the Bell" or "Degrassi Junior High" reference to an after-school hangout.

If so, then no. After school I got on the bus and went to work or home. In my senior year I drove to school, but invariably I was driving to work or home after school. Not many students hung out after hours.

Admit it, were you popular?

Hell no. Dean's List, chess club, Latin Club...

Adventure, excitement... popularity. A Jedi craves not these things.

Who did you want to be just like?

Doogie Howser.

Where did you think you'd be at the age you are now?

A research biochemist. Wow, guess that turned out OK, eh?

Merry Christmas!

[image:1183 left hspace=5 vspace=5 border=0] Happy Holidays from Kazakhstan!

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Olivia Allison:


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