(I am lacking both inspiration and time today, so here’s a version of something that’s been sitting in the can for a while.)
If you’re on Facebook, you know what a meme is. I get tagged to participate in these all the time, but I rarely do. I was tempted by one of them, however: the Senior Year Note. Since my old school is in the state girls’ basketball tournament this weekend (and the boys are playing in the sectionals tonight), it seems like a good time to post it here. Why here and not on Facebook itself? This meme circulated on Facebook a month ago—not long ago in human time, but practically the primordial ooze in Facebook time. But on this blog, the primordial ooze is our medium, so here we go.
1. In your senior year, did you date someone from your high school? On and off, yes.
2. Did you marry someone from your high school? No.
3. Did you carpool to school? No, although we carpooled to breakfast during second-hour study hall one year.
4. What kind of car did you have? 1974 AMC Hornet, robin’s egg blue, with white fake fur on the floor of the hatchback and an 8-track player.
5. What kind of car do you have now? 2001 Ford ZX2, midnight blue, the midlife crisis car for a man having a mild crisis.
6. It’s Friday night . . . where are you now? On the couch with The Mrs., the cat, and the TV.
7. It’s Friday night . . . where were you then? At the game, hangin’ out with the guys, and once in a blue moon, on a date.
8. What kind of job did you have in high school? Gas station attendant (full- and self-serve), grocery store clerk (three weeks), roller-rink DJ.
9. What kind of job do you have now? Several. Mostly I’m a freelance writer and radio DJ, plus I do some work for Weight Watchers. (I lost 75 pounds a couple of years ago, so I ought to get paid for it.)
10. Were you a party animal? In my dreams.
11. Were you considered a flirt? God no.
12. Were you in a band, orchestra, or choir? Not when I was a senior. I quit band after my freshman year because I couldn’t get along with the pretentious twit who was the director.
13. Were you a nerd? Was Lincoln a car?
14. Did you ever get suspended or expelled? If I had, I would be dead now, and my mother would be in prison, although I suspect she would have done her best to hide the body.
15. Can you sing the fight song? Yes, although I never have, not even then.
16. Who was/were your favorite teacher/teachers? Although I hated hated hated physical education, Mr. Morgan was also an assistant wrestling coach; I got to know him that way, and I found him to be one of the better people I ever met.
17. Where did you sit during lunch? With people I knew, wherever they were.
18. What was your school’s full name? Monroe Senior High School.
19. When did you graduate? 1978.
20. What was your school mascot? We were the Cheesemakers. Seriously. Our costumed mascot was a mouse. Seriously.
21. If you could go back and do it again, would you? Only if I could know then what I know now.
22. Did you have fun at the prom? Mmmmm . . . what was the question again?
23. Do you still talk to the person you went to the prom with? Not for a long time.
24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion? Maybe, although that would require us to have one. I planned one of them already, so I’ve done my time in hell.
25. Do you still talk to people from high school? Yes, which is why I’m not particularly concerned about the reunion.
26. School colors? Red and white.
27. What celebrities came from your high school? A guy who played football while my sister-in-law was there in the late 80s made it to the NFL, but I can’t think of anyone else.
28. Did you play a sport? At different times in high school, I was equipment manager for the wrestling, football, and baseball teams. I wanted to be around the games, but I knew I wasn’t good enough to play them.
29. What was your favorite club? A 27-ounce baseball bat.
30. What class or teacher did you fear? None. I was done with math, science, and physical education by then.
OK, so maybe that wasn’t very interesting, but you knew you were risking that when you clicked over here.