P.Z. Meyers has to think back further than I do, but it doesn’t make this meme any less painful.

Where did you graduate from and what year?

Joliet West, 2003.

Who was your significant other?

As of senior year, it was Allison. Still is.

Was your Prom a night to remember?

Well, it was a prom. It was my first and only dance in high school (after having repeatedly insisted that I would never attend a formal dance). Also, we had a band competition the next day.

What was your favorite song you danced to the night of Prom?

I don’t specifically remember any of the songs that were played except for Aerosmith’s “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” which I believe was the theme of the dance.

Do you own all 4 yearbooks?

Only one, which was given to me by mistake.

What was your favorite movie in high school?

Probably Die Hard.

What was your number 1 choice of college in high school?

I only had one college that I thought about or applied to: USF, because it’s close and free.

What radio station did you jam out to in high school?

Hated radio. Crappy sound quality, too many commercials, and boring playlists. I listened to CDs, either via an old portable player and a tape adapter, and later via a decent car stereo I got installed.

Were you involved in any organizations or clubs?

SAGE, the CCG-playing club, during the first two-ish years; then it sort of evaporated because no one liked playing Magic anymore. Otherwise, not really. I had a point of not wasting any time on clubs or organizations: gave me more time to read and mess around with computers at home.

What was your favorite class in high school?

AP Chemistry, mostly because we didn’t do anything. The teacher either just told us interesting chemistry-related anecdotes. At one point, we built rocket cars.

Who was your big crush in high school?

Allison. See the “significant other” question above.

Would you say you’ve changed a lot since highschool?

In a predictable way, sure. I’ve gotten a little hairier. A little wiser, a little wearier, a little more cynical. But certainly happier in college than I was in high school.

What do you miss the most about it?

Couple of teachers; that’s about it.

Your worst memory of HS?

Ooh. All of it. If pressed, I’d have to say either marching band or my second-year Spanish teacher.

Did you have a car?

If you could call it that. At the start of senior year, a 1990 Plymouth Horizon that got towed the second day. By November, a 1992 Volkswagen Golf, which I considered to be a major upgrade.

What were your school colors?

Black and gold (and blue)

Who was your favorite teacher?

Kim Williams was exceedingly nice (humouring all my morose bullshit for two consecutive years), but my favorites were Mark Eleveld (junior year English) and Ricardo Rebollar (AP Chemistry).

Did you own a cell phone in high school?

Senior year, I had a crappy one, yeah; couldn’t bring it to school, though.

Did you leave campus for lunch?

Nope. For two years, I ate lunch at a table all to myself. Senior year, I didn’t eat lunch at all.

If so, where was your favorite place to go eat?


Were you always late to class?

Nope. I always walked very quickly in the hallways, which was a combination of my naturally long stride and my aversion to large groups of people. As a side effect, I generally got to class in plenty of time.

Did you ever have to stay for Sat. School?

No. I think I would have revolted. Plenty of busy Saturdays during marching season, though.

Did you ever ditch?

Nope. Except on Senior Ditch Day.

When it comes time for the reunion will you be there?

If I had wanted to keep in contact with people, I would have keep in touch with them. The only possible reason to attend a reunion is to laugh at all the twits who ruined their lives by drinking themselves out of college or some other silly thing.

§919 · December 31, 2005 · Tags: ·

10 Comments to “A blast from the past”

  1. PZ Myers says:

    Whoa. You graduated in this century? Scary.

  2. Ben says:

    I’m only young in body, Doc. As far as any on the net is concerned, I may as well be a bitter old man.

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  4. Iris says:

    I never left my high school or college campuses much either nor did I eat a tables (sitting in the hallways was much better). Yeah, I’d never go to my HS reunion. I was apathetic to most of my fellow classmates.

  5. Chris says:

    You apparently don’t remember when we had to change the name of “SAGE” from “War Council” apparently some kid’s mom got all pissed off about it, almost had it closed down! Do you remember watching a pirated copy of Star Wars: Episode 1 with Egyptian subtitles? Oh Mr. Fonc, how you humor me!

  6. Ben says:

    No, I came in a bit late to remember the name change. Neither do I remember watching Episode I. I was always kind of on the fringes: generally, I was so antisocial and homebody that I had to convince myself to go, even when I really did want to play cards.

    I do, however, remember the first time I ever played Magic, which was at your house, and with a borrowed dragon deck. Was that the night that Craig drank an absurd number of Cokes and wouldn’t go to sleep?

  7. Chris says:

    Probably. It was probably the same night (my birthday I imagine, he had this habit…) he kicked me in the nuts, “just cause.”

  8. Dominic Rebollar says:

    Hi, this is dominic, Ric Rebollars son. Thanks for the realy nice quote. If u ever want to get in tact with him or me email me at Sithlord0100@yahoo.com


  9. Ben says:

    Hi, Dominic. Good to hear from you; actually, I or Adam Abou-Youssef will probably get in contact with you/Ric in the very near future. It’s been far too long since we’ve had a chance to talk with your dad.

    Incidentally, how did you stumble upon my blog?

  10. Dominic Rebollar says:

    i stumbled on this blog while looking for a freind of my dad’s and doin some background on my dad to see if through that i could trace his freind. Hope to hear from you shortly.

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