Thursday, July 05, 2007

High-School Meme

(Borrowed from Andrea. Because what’s the point of suffering if you can’t relive it later?)

1 Who was your best friend?
Always Laura. The "third friend" rotated, possibly because none of them were wholly comfortable with the fact that they would never advance to best friend status.

2 What sports did you play?
After I passed grade 9 general-level gym class, fulfilling the minimum requirement for graduation, I retired from the playing field, to the relief of everyone concerned.

3 What kind of car did you drive?
Oldsmobile Cutlass Sierra (my mom’s).

4 It’s Friday night, where were you?
Babysitting. Doing my homework, reading books, watching late-night movies, and writing in my diary, all for the princely sum of $2/hour.

5 Were you a party animal?
In grade 11 I did a kind of anthropological study of teenage partying activities. Perhaps the most embarrassing moment associated with that brief foray into the party scene was the scornful look I got from a popular girl sitting in front of me on the bus when I happily reported to my best friend that I had been recruited as a designated driver.

6 Were you considered a flirt?
Alas, no.

7 Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
I really should have been. I figured out far too late that joining choir with all one’s friends meant a guaranteed allocation to third-period lunch (since rehearsals took place in the second half of the 75-minute period), thus eliminating the risk of being the only person in one’s social group with fourth-lunch, a fate that meant either nibbling on pretzels in the library or else sharing a table with the foreign exchange students.

8 Were you a nerd?
Kind of. I was not popular, but I also carefully avoided joining an identifiable group of fellow nerds. Someone with no friends is vulnerable and despised, but someone with a group of nerdy friends is much, much worse off.

9 Did you get suspended/expelled?

10 Can you sing the fight song?
Introductory chant: "Deep in the heart of the London jungle you can hear the Sabres rumble – Ooh! Ah! Ooh! Ah! Ooh! Ah! Ooh! Ah!"
Followed by (to the tune of "It’s a Long Way to Tipperary"): "We’re the sabres, the might sabres! We’re the red white and gold. We’ve no fear here, we’ll never falter! We are daring, we are bold!" (Shall I go on? Because I totally could.)

11 Who was your favorite teacher?
The most memorable was my Grade 11 English teacher. We were required to keep a "work diary" recording our impressions of the classes and the assigned readings, and I used mine to launch an apologetic manifesto, a response to certain unguarded theological statements she made during the first week of class. To wit: she claimed that the "fruit" in the Garden of Eden story represented sex, and that the "Fall" was more of a natural process of growth and learning. Heresy!

12 School mascot?
Sabre-tooth tiger.

13 Did you go to Prom?
I went to my grad dance wearing a black Laura Ashley dress. It would actually be quite fashionable today, that dress, with its dark background picked out with fuchsia and white flowers. I was one of two people wearing it that night, a function of the fact that the prom-dress-to-person ratio in Canada is approximately one tenth of what it is in the U.S.

14 If you could go back and do it over, would you?
My BFF and I have often endorsed the theory that if we went back to high school and did it over again, knowing what we do today, the experience would be exactly the same. It doesn’t matter how confident or intelligent you are, how aware of the stupidity of high-school politics – the environment is stronger than the individual: it would chew me up and spit me out within a week.

15 What do you remember most about graduation?
The guy who came up to me after the awards ceremony to gush about how "All of us are going to be working for you someday!" I often reflect on how stunned he would be today at my total lack of status and earning power.

16 Where were you on senior skip day?

17 Did you have a job your senior year?
I worked at the local farmer’s market, ringing in apples and bagging carrots. It was meant to be a job that would provide lots of summer hours so I could save for university, but when I refused to work on the May 24 weekend, my boss didn’t fire me, but simply kept me on at a minimal number of hours until I went away the following September. (It’s okay, though – it was a memorable weekend and worth the sacrifice.)

18 Where did you go most often for lunch?
The options were (1) cafeteria (embarrassment capital of the world, as Angela Chase would say), (2) mall, (3) my friend Felicia’s house (permissible only when she was in the mood for sharing her mom). Mostly I stuck to option #1, and suffered accordingly.

19 Have you gained weight since then?
Only about forty pounds or so.

20 What did you do after graduation?
I went to university.

21 When did you graduate?

22 Who was your Senior prom date?
I went with my newly acquired group of friends: 12 girls (evenly divided into 6 virgins and 6 non, and seated accordingly) and 1 guy, who danced with everyone in turn and had far more fun than any of the rest of us.

23 Are you going / did you go to your 10 year reunion?
The 20-year reunion is closer at hand, and I won’t be going if I can help it.

24 Who was your home room teacher?
In 1994, I decided to test my memory and see if I could reconstruct my entire high-school schedule including year, course, period, and teacher. I managed to get almost all of them. Apparently now my brain has replaced that information with competing theories of infant sleep-training and the exact ages at which my children met all their milestones.

25 Who will repost this after you?
How about Jenn and Slouching Mom. Are you guys up for it?


Magpie said...

Wow. I can remember almost nothing of high school. My biology teacher was splendid, and my best friends were named Ann and Anne. And I don't think you could pay me to go to a reunion.

niobe said...

I'm with Magpie. I must have gone to high school, because I'm pretty sure that, at the time, a high school diploma was more or less required to get into college. But it made very little impression on me one way or the other. And, no doubt, vice versa.

Luisa Perkins said...

I love these fun facts!

painted maypole said...

wow. why is it that it seems all the good bloggers seemed to have hated high school? oh. maybe it's that sensitive and thoughtful thing. I love what you said about the environment being stronger than the individual. Not that I like that it's true, but it probably is.

Mimi said...

Yes, if we could go back ... it would all be exactly the same. How terrifying is that? My project for my 30s is to let is all go. Actually, I think I have! Woo!

Maybe it's not so much logging the sleep theories and the milestones but rather all the sleep deprivation that's emptied your mind of seventh period gym and eighth period geography ...

nomotherearth said...

At the risk of being heretical, isn't the fruit at least partly about Sex? To me it has always represented Knowledge and the loss of Innocence. The loss of virginity and induction into the world of grown-up sex is a big part of that. I don't, however, claim that I could argue theology with you, so I bow to your superior knowledge.

DaniGirl said...

Ah Saunders. All through my childhood, people misheard me pronounce my last name and assumed I said Saunders. I blame the school!

I saw this meme at Andrea's too, and can't wait to give it a crack. Sounds like we had similar experiences.

bubandpie said...

Nomo - Well, this is my teenaged theology, remember. I'd say now that sexuality is one element of the symbolism of the story, though I'd still resist so reductive an analysis. (And my hubby is a proponent of the heresy that the Fall was really a Rise, but I've never been fully convinced by that argument.)

kgirl said...

I think I went to highschool in the twilight zone. I mean it - none of that 'normal' stuff existed at my highschool or in my life. Or maybe I was just too high to notice any of it.

Julie Pippert said...

I think I did my best to imitate the love child of Patty Simcox and Dorothy Parker in high school. I'm afraid I succeeded.

Your answers were pretty funny, I thought. I hope they were intended as such. :) I agree---what's the point of suffering if you can't relive it (and I add humorously) later?

I can only imagine how my reputation in the blogosphere would suffer were I to be honest in my answers of this meme LOL.

slouching mom said...

I love these little factoids about you; they make me like you even more. Narcissistically, maybe, because you remind me of me.

Moving on...

In my senior class, there were 12 kids. It was a private school in NYC. So many of these questions don't apply at all to my experience:

No prom, no fight song, etc.

But I shall give it a shot when I return from vacation. It might be the most boring meme response ever, though. Forewarned is forearmed.

bubandpie said...

Julie - You were POPULAR, weren't you? I will never forgive you.

Alpha DogMa said...

The phrase anthropological study of teenage partying activities made me laugh. It sounds like something from Alice, I think.

Fight songs? The whole concept seems so unCanadian.

I feel like I missed out on something by not hating high school. Alas, I was even class president. However, I am not at ALL nostalgic for the experience and have zero interest in Facebooking all my old classmates.

Patois said...

I'm impressed with your high school years. I can remember some things, but, especially for my senior year, I spent far too much time trying to destroy all brain cells, including the memory ones.

Mommy-Like Days said...

The fight song? You *remembered* it?!?
Now I'm going to have to go back and remember the 'prom' categories as you've explained it. Ooh, it's
starting to come back. . .

Beck said...

I was a big dork during highschool. Possibly the biggest. And here is my All Time Most Horrible High School Suffering Story: I was told in grade nine that I had been voted the ugliest girl in school. And yet! Happy adult, very little scarring.

mcewen said...

You dare to mention something like 'the fight song' without providing audio support for foreigners! tsk, tsk, tsk.

Jenn said...

As in, me, Jenn?

(Heart racing, mind screaming, no, you told us we'd never have to go back)

Kidding. If it's me, I'm touched. And I'll try.

And I must say, I totally would have pegged you as a choir member.

bubandpie said...

Jenn - Yes, you! (But I didn't go by your place to tag you, just 'cause I'm reveling in the freedom after the draconian instructions from the last meme.)

Christine said...

#14 is so ture! I think no matter what it would likely be the same with only minor adjustments.

High school seems SO far away. . .

Jenifer said...

I remember bits and pieces so vividly and other parts are blank. I am impressed (well always) with your recall skills. A true talent.

My high school was an all girls Catholic School so while had a whole other drama going on inside. Might be time to dig out the yearbooks and have a peek.

kittenpie said...

I had the same thing with one best friend and a third who changed over the years. We're still good friends.

But as to everything else? Gym? After grade 9? Who would do such a thing? Prom? Who would do such a thing? I ate lunch in the stairs, avoided the popular party kids, didn't have senior skip day, and generally made my own way.

Suffer? No. I wasn't miserable in high school, nor was it my high point. It just was.

Lady M said...

Our school mascot was the Titan, but there was a Viking painted on the gymnasium wall. Close enough, I guess?

Aliki2006 said...

Your memories of high school are astounding. I have more piecemeal recollections!

I can beat out slouching mom--my graduating class had 3 people in it. And I was a little dorky, too.

Jenifer said...

Hey B&P- Completely unrelated, but on (don't ask) they have a blurb from J.K. Rowling and she talks about finishing the book. Not much, but a short quote or two from her.

NotSoSage said...

An anthropological study of teenage partying. That describes my high school experience, too. Except I was probably drunk.

What scares me is hearing people sighing, "Oh, those were the days." Huh? I can't even imagine feeling nostalgia for that time, but that's probably just me.

Lisa b said...

I really like your answers. I have the same feeling that if I was given a second chance I would do it all exactly the same.
The power of highschool is stronger than any of us. Or maybe it is just the stupidity of adolescence that is so strong.

ewe are here said...

My gawd, you not only had a fight song but you know it! Wow!