(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?
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?
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?