August 8, 2007

Go Hixson!

MathMom has invited us to revisit our high school memories. Quite appropriate in this my 25th year after graduation.

I'll try not to get bogged down in my angst.

1. Who was your best friend? Lori. Still hear from her from time to time.

2. Did you play any sports? No. But when I "dated" John Pack, we played a bit of tennis, pool, and ping-pong and I got quite good.

3. What kind of car did you drive? 1970-something brown Ford pick-up. It was my Dad's and I got to drive it because he had a company car. My first wreck was in it. I literally drove over a VW bug that was parked next to me in the high school parking lot.

4. It’s Friday night. Where were you? At home, spending the night with a friend, or driving around in Lori's car after the game looking for the guys we liked.

5. Were you a party animal? No. I wasn't popular so I never knew about any of the parties going on and my Mom kept such a tight rein on me I never could've gone anyway.

6. Were you considered a flirt? No. Guys didn't really notice me.

7. Were you in the band, orchestra or choir? No, no, and no. I took Drama for a year and starred in one of our plays. I also tried out for majorette and flag corps, but all I got were bruises to show for it.

8. Were you a nerd? Hmmm, I made good grades and was in the National Honor Society. Does that make me a nerd?

9. Were you ever suspended or expelled? No. I got called into the principal's office once for being repeatedly late to Homeroom. The horror!

10. Can you sing the fight song? Something like "Hail to thee, O, Hixson High School, loud our praises ring."

11. Who was your favorite teacher? Mrs. Wade, Spanish. Although, Mrs. McClintock, Math, was a character. She told the girls to always keep a separate checking account when we got married.

12. What was your school mascot? Wildcats.

13. Did you go to the Prom? I was asked my junior year by John Pack, but he asked me the week before the prom and I knew there'd be no way I could find a dress in time. I went to the prom my senior year with the guy I was dating at the time, Scott Wallace, with whom I also worked at Red Food Store. After the prom, me, Scott, Lori and her date, and Russ Wise and his date went back to my house. Mom had cooked for us. We played songs from Queen's The Game album backwards on my stereo. Freaked Lori's date OUT!

14. If you could go back, would you? And do it again, no. To every season.....

15. What do you remember most about graduation? The fact that I was moving. That night me and several girl friends went out to eat. As we were sitting in the restaurant I looked at all of them and realized I might never see them again. That was true of everyone except Lori - so far. She came all the way from Tennessee for my wedding!

16. Where were you on Senior Ditch Day? Can't remember having one, but my Mom would sign me out early all the time. I'd call her after lunch. As long as I didn't have any tests, she'd come and get me.

17. Did you have a job your senior year? Junior and senior year. Checker at Red Food Store! 100% polyester uniform! That's where I learned what true customer service is and now I'm overly critical of all grocery stores.

18. Where did you go most often for lunch? We couldn't leave campus. Cafeteria or me and Lori would hang out with John and Susan who worked in the library during their Study Hall. One day I realized John was going to be really cute when he got his braces taken off.

19. Have you gained weight since then? This is a toughy. Let me think. Yes. Three kids, duh.

20. What did you do after graduation? See #15. Next day we left for Texas.

21. What year did you graduate? 1982

22. Did you attend any of your reunions? No. Too far away. Haven't kept in touch.

23. Strangest thing you ever sold for a fund-raiser: Valentine notes. Our typing class sold them. You could pay a few cents and have a special note delivered to anyone in school. I actually found some recently going through old boxes. None from boys, by the way.

Hey, that was pretty fun!

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