Posted by: Rob | June 1, 2009

Monday Meme – Going Back to High School

From the always delightful annie comes this bit of lazy blogging Monday fun:

1. Did you date someone from your high school?

My parents moved during the summer between Grade 10 and Grade 11. I did not date anyone at my first high school.

Being new, in a small, rural Alberta town in the centre of a farming community, was not conducive to dating. Especially for a shy guy like yours truly.

I guess I did mess around a little with a couple of girls who were from my high school, but they were a grade or two ahead of me. And it was during the summer.

However, it was during my after-grad party that the relationship between the gal who would become my first wife and I got its start.

2. Did you marry someone from your high school?

Yes.

3. Did you car pool to school?

No. Pretty much rode the bus from the country during most of Grade 11, until I started borrowing the folks’ car (a ’69 Ford Country Sedan or something – a maroon station wagon with rusted out floor boards. Classy, eh?)

In Grade 12 I had my own car and drove myself to school every day.

4. What kind of car did you have?

My first car was a ’68 Chrysler Newport. Two door hardtop. 383 V-8. That car would go like a raped ape. Unfortunately, it went off the end of a “T” intersection about six weeks after I bought it. A bent frame meant a one way trip to the junkyard.

The follow up was a ’76 Ford LTD two door coupe. Medium blue metallic. Yes, it looked like Grandad’s car.

5. What kind of car do you have now?

Truck and mini-SUV. Both are by Chevrolet.

I also have (in the driveway) a 1970 GMC 2500 (a former Forestry truck) and a 1955 Ford Customline 4-door sedan (I bought the latter in 1978 in order to “restore” or otherwise fix up. Yeah, 30 years later and I haven’t got that project started. I won’t now either because it would be a waste of money and because the trash truck smoked the driver’s side this past winter.)

6. On a Friday Night…what do you do now?

Hang with the wife.

7. On a Friday Night…where were you then?

High school friday nights? Hmmm. Probably in town cruising. Sometimes we’d go to Grande Prairie to see the odd band that came to town. A lot of house parties. And a lot of beer consumption. A lot of bush parties. And a lot of beer consumption.

8. What kind of job did you have in high school?

I worked a construction job for my dad’s outfit.

9. What kind of job do you do now?

I’m a chemical engineer with a large multi-national.

10. Were you a party animal?

Party animal? Not really. I did compensate for a lack of experience with social interaction (especially the opposite sex) by consuming a lot of beer. Quickly. Yeah, that didn’t really work too well.

11. Where you considered a flirt?

A flirt? Naw, I was probably more inappropriate than anything.

12. Were you in band, orchestra or choir?

Hahahahahahahahahahhahaha! Uh, no.

13. Were you a nerd?

I am an anomaly of sorts. Although I had (and have) nerd-like tendencies, there are many other facets to me that counter act the nerd. So, if you’re looking for the skinny, gawky, geeky, bookish dude with the taped together horn rimmed glasses, then keep looking. ‘Cuz I ain’t him.

14. Did you ever get suspended from school?

Not in high school. (Sixth grade one time for letting off “stink bombs” in glass.) Several of us were “busted” for skipping school one time and going to the pub (or bar, if you will). The vice-principal threatened to not give us our high school diplomas. Turned out to be an empty threat.

15. Can you sing the fight song?

Yeah, we didn’t have one of those. Not a Canadian thing that I know of.

16. Who was your favorite teacher?

Favourite high school teacher? Yeah, I’m not really the type to have had a favourite teacher in high school. Teachers are human and they ran the spectrum from “okay” to “held in contempt” in my eyes.   Back then, the term for an “okay” adult was “good shit”, as in “So-and-so’s a good shit.”

17. Where did you sit during lunch?

In the driver’s seat.

18. What was your school’s full name?

Beaverlodge Regional High School.

19. Where did you party the most?

A couple of local spots: Beer Point and Webber’s Bridge, were the most common gathering places.

20. What was your school’s mascot?

I have no idea if BRHS even had/has a mascot.

21. Would you do it again?

Naw. It was a stopping place on the way to much better things.

22. Did you have fun at the Prom?

Prom? Not a Canadian thing. We did have a graduation night ceremony. Dinner with parents present, commencement address by the class nerd, diploma presentations, followed by a dance.

Things were looking grim as far as a date went. I got tipsy one night at Beer Point and wound up asking this grade 10 gal to be my grad escort. Looking back, all in all, I behaved like quite an ass where she was concerned.

I wasn’t a big dancer, so once the ceremony was over with, we bolted and went out to the country where the after-grad party (an entire weekend affair) was getting started. There was serious drinking to be done!

I wound up ditching my grad escort and hooked up with my first wife-to-be.

23. Do you still talk to the person you went to the Prom with?

Um, no. A-w-k-w-a-r-d.

24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion?

We had a ten year reunion in 1989 and I haven’t been to one since there was a 10-class year (1975-1985) reunion in 2000. This year would be 30 years. Even if there is a reunion, I don’t believe I’ll be going for a variety of reasons.

25. Do you still talk to people from high school?

No.

26. What were your school colors?

No idea.

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Responses

  1. i’d be sure to put “Alumni of Beaverlodge” on any resume… that’ll be an attention getter!

  2. High school was fun – for high school. Can’t say I’ve had any yearnings for the days of yore. Coming up for the 15 year reunion, which I’ll not be attending – same as the 10 year one. Have two friends who are still friends from high school days, the rest, who cares? *shrug* FB has been a revelation though – it’s been some fun seeing where people landed up.

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  4. You went to a school named “Beaverlodge,” I lived on a street named “Beaverland.” Good stuff. 🙂

    There are times of my life that I would love to have a “do over,” but high school is not one of them. The years directly after that, I would like to go back and tell my younger self to make wiser decisions. But, like most young people, I’m sure I wouldn’t listen.


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