Let’s Chat: Answering 24 Questions About My High School Experiences

I got these questions from John at The Sound of One Hand Typing. He got them from Barbara at teleportingweena. I see that Melanie at sparksfromacombustiblemind has done them, too. Clearly these are THE QUESTIONS to answer.   

Think about your SENIOR year in High School. The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be!

  1. Did you know your current significant other? No. We met in college a few years later.
  2. Make and year of car? I didn’t have a car until I was a senior in college.
  3. What kind of job? I worked at a DQ until it went out of business. I never could master making those DQ swirls on top of the cones, but I don’t think that’s why the place went out of business.
  4. Where did you live? I lived in a small house on a brick street a few blocks away from the high school. I walked to school.
  5. Were you popular? I had friends but wasn’t part of the A-list crowd.
  6. Were you in choir? No. I was in the orchestra and the band.
  7. Ever get suspended from school? Why yes I did. Didn’t you?
  8. If you could, would you go back? Are you crazy? I would not in a million years want to go back to high school.
  9. Still talk to the person that you went to prom with? I didn’t go to prom because no one asked me, therefore I have no one to talk, or not talk, with.
  10. Did you skip school? I liked school enough to not skip it.
  11. Go to all the football games? I was in marching band therefore I was forced to go to the home football games. Our team was not a winning team. *yawn*
  12. Favorite subject? I liked English and I also liked Printing which was part of a graphic arts department. Those two subjects made up for Chemistry and the most boring American Government class that has ever happened anywhere in this country ever.
  13. Do you still have your yearbooks? No, I threw them away years ago.
  14. Did you follow the career path you planned? I had no career path in high school. It was just something to get through on my way to college.
  15. Did you have a class ring? Yes, I had a class ring. It was yellow gold with a dark green stone in it. I still have it [somewhere].
  16. Still close with your best friend? Yes, she comments here sometimes.
  17. Who was your favorite teacher? My favorite teacher was the assistant music teacher who’d just graduated from college the year before. His youngest sister was younger than I was and attempting to think of him as a teacher was almost impossible. He was a hoot, especially when he tried to direct the orchestra, something he did not do well.
  18. What was your style? I was a girl wearing matchy-matchy outfits in bright colors with coordinating jewelry and pretty shoes. Let’s call that style: small-town Glamour magazine teenage chic.
  19. Favorite shoes? I don’t remember any one pair in particular.
  20. Favorite music? I liked rock and I liked jazz. I played classical.
  21. High school hair? I had a short hairstyle that made my mother happy. I stretched my curly hair straight and used about half a can of hairspray each morning to keep the frizz at bay. It was a labor-intensive hairdo.
  22. What kind of cologne/perfume? I don’t remember any one perfume that I used. I’m sure I did, but what it was, I dunno.
  23. How old when graduated? I was 18 years old.
  24. Did you play a sport? No, but I did take all sorts of lessons, like golf and tennis and swimming. But as for a team sport… you gotta be kidding me!

FYI: For the next few weeks I’m going to bug out of the blogosphere while we do homeowner things. Our house is 20 years old. There are problems to solve, issues to address. Therefore, I’ll be busy elsewhere being a responsible adult. Look for me back here mid-June.

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135 thoughts on “Let’s Chat: Answering 24 Questions About My High School Experiences”

    1. marian, I can understand how a yearbook would spark memories that needed to be in your memoir. Good that you kept yours. My curly hair was the bane of my mother’s existence. She didn’t like it, preferring that I find ways to keep it contained so I did. Now? I let it do its curly frizzy thing. It’s more fun like this.

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  1. I was relieved to read your answer to number 8 because the heading “Answering 24 Questions About My High School Experiences” sounds like something that should be against the Geneva Convention.
    Good luck with the adulting.

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    1. Master of Something Yet, high school should be against the Geneva Convention. That being said, I’m pleased that you noticed my answer to #8. I cannot imagine who’d answer otherwise.

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    1. Janet, what a first job! Memorable, if only because no such job exists anymore. I’m not all that jazzed about what we need to do/decide about the house projects, but we gotta do something… so off I go to be responsible. 😒

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  2. Oh my. If I answered these questions everyone would know how boring I was. I love the hair one. I was in high school right before everyone parted their hair in the center and let it grow long. If I look at my yearbook everyone had goofy short hairdos that rarely looked quite right. 🙂

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    1. Kate, I’d love to see your answers to these questions. It’d be fun…

      I was in high school when long straight hair was the thing and being in a small town there was no one who knew how to cut curly hair. So they chopped it short and gave me styling gels to keep it “neat.” What a mess it was. 🙄

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        1. I can imagine. Those bouffant hairstyles were, and are, decidedly matronly. My short hair didn’t look like that, but it wasn’t the “in” style either. It was just not flattering.

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    1. John, sense of humor I got. We feel fortunate to have a house in which to live so I take these sorts of repairs and decisions in stride. After all it’s better to be doing these homeowner things than being in high school! 😊

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        1. Nice way to combine our posts. I liked working in that place, but I’m uncoordinated and making those dumb swirls on top of the cones was beyond me. Optimistic or not, my career was not meant to be there.

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            1. Food service is difficult. I worked in a few places as I paid for college. Very glad to put that behind me, but I respect and overtip anyone who works in food service. It’s hellish.

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                1. Well, I did that, too. I even managed one for about a million years. I will say that working with stuff is better than working with food, but dealing with the public is the same level of stress and exasperation regardless of where you are.

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    1. laura, I rarely do questions like these, but once in a while they’re fun. Gotta keep the blog topics fresh. I was in the church choir, but not the high school choir. The standards for singing in church were much lower than in high school. 😇

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  3. Will focus on #13 – I also threw out my yearbooks. Plus the stacks of notebooks and other highschool memorabilia – burned it all in a bonfire. A ceremony of sorts. Lookers-on chastised me for doing so, but it was something I felt that I needed to do. I remember feeling the need to cleanse, or erase.

    Just what I was erasing or cleansing, though, I cannot exactly say. Probably just teenage angst.

    Looking forward to your return – best wishes with the home projects.

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    1. Maggie, I’d cheer you on with your bonfire. I get it. Sometimes it takes a visual to send the past away. I don’t have anything around here from high school except for my diploma, a tassel, and that ring. ‘Tis enough.

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    1. Shelley, somehow your comment slipped right by me. I just found it and it’s delightful. Yes, you’re right that I did learn how to be responsible in high school and I want to assure that my style has evolved since those days. Much less influenced by Glamour magazine now, much more influenced by AARP magazine.

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      1. LOL – no worries, you responded quickly in my books (aka, better than my pace of responding to comments, which is random at best)! LOL – yeah, AARP models do make this time in life seem to kick our ol’ penny loafers of the 80s into the skinny jeans butt of the future – yay, Go Gray Team Go – wait…that’s just me, but you know, if the shoes fit, buy ’em at a store…

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        1. I try to keep up with my comments, but I get distracted by Important Real Life Things. Sad to say, but reality often gets in the way of blogging. I’m on Team Gray too. I don’t dwell on it, but there are moments when I’m shocked by the color of my hair. The frizziness is a given, but the color… so not high school.

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          1. I agree, and I appreciate knowing you too go for the IRLT’s! I’m an ISTJ, I think that helps?! I think I took that test somewhere in my schooling life?! You’d be surprised at the youngins interested in the hip color of gray. We’re actually lightyears ahead of the fashion trend – it’s a good thing – EMBRACE it ;-)!

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  4. I saw a man recently who appeared to be in his fifties wearing what was definitely a high school graduation ring, not a college one. I wasn’t sure what to make of that. I’m not even sure they offered rings at my college, though I guess they probably did. By then I thought the concept was dumb. I have no idea where my high school ring is. Good luck on the home projects; see you in June. – Marty

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    1. Marty, I still have my high school ring but I don’t wear it. I wouldn’t know what to make of a 50-something man wearing his high school ring. For one thing, does it still fit? How does that happen?

      I don’t think my college had rings, either. If so, no one I know got one. I’m just happy with the diploma I got from my college days. No need for jewelry.

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  5. Well that was fun Ally Bean, to relive some of your past and compare notes. I got stuck in my head for a bit on #22. I know for some time through those teen years I was stuck on Love’s Baby Soft spray but I’m not sure that was senior year.
    Good luck on the adult projects. Will there be in telling pictures for us when you come back to the blog?

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    1. Deb, I remember Love’s Baby Soft but I don’t think I wore it. I liked answering these questions if only to find out what I don’t remember about those days.

      I may take some pics as we do stuff around here, but we’re doing lots of boring things like exterior painting and some landscaping projects and talking with sales weasels about new windows and a roof. In other words, responsible adult things not worthy of note.

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      1. Alright, you are off the hook for pictures. I’ve done way too much of that same stuff in my lifetime to want to see the agony you have to deal with 😉

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        1. It really is a kind of agony. I know we’re lucky to have a house and we take care of it, but there’s a tedium and angst involved while doing all that needs to be done. Maybe I’ll snap a few pics after all the projects are finished– and everything looks pretty. I like pretty.

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  6. Enjoy the break as much as one can when adulting.

    What band instrument did you play?

    You threw the yearbooks away. Interesting. Giving me some ideas there.

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    1. Tara, I’ll enjoy getting things accomplished, but I won’t enjoy the process of getting the things accomplished. [Makes sense?]

      I played the clarinet in the marching band and the alto clarinet in the symphonic band. I also played the violin, but that was in the orchestra.

      I’ve no regrets about throwing out my yearbooks. I decided the past is in the past, so why keep it hanging around the edges of my life?

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  7. This was a great morning read, Ally. Several of your answers were the exact opposite to my experience, e.g., my #7 was a “no,” but my #10 was a “yes.” Enjoy your weeks doing homeowner things. See you later this summer!

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    1. Donna, we all rebelled in our own ways! High school was a part of my life that I don’t think about often so answering these questions was trippy. I’m not thrilled with the upcoming homeowner projects, but I like to get things checked off my to-do list so I’ll focus on enjoying that. Seize ‘ya later.

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  8. Wow! So many questions.
    My own high school is demolished now, as is my junior high. My elementary school was, too, but rebuilt on the same location.
    The favourite teacher one really stumped me! I remember all my teachers, but I don’t think I had a favourite, just ones I didn’t care for. I have fond memories of several.
    Long long hair, parted in the middle. Once, I got a short bob with that asymmetrical flip bang. Which I immediately regretted. And, as one of the popular group, I just wore whatever I felt like.
    I loved English–LOVED IT–and grew up to teach it. Sang in the choir and the more select performance chorale.
    Would I ever go back? NO NO NO NO.

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    1. nance, I think my high school building still stands, but isn’t used as such. Now that you mention it, I’ll find out.

      You had THE hairstyle, didn’t you? And you were one of the popular kids, too? My oh my, and to think I know you now. I liked English in high school, but never would have thought that I’d major in it in college. I stumbled into that one.

      As for going back, I have yet to meet anyone who’d like to do that. High school was a kind of hell that doesn’t beckon. How did we survive it?

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  9. Ditched school? Never, except for Senior Cut Day and that was expected. I still have my yearbooks, although I didn’t get one my freshman year. Your hair issues sound frustrating. Good luck with the home projects. If they only take a couple weeks you’ll be lucky!

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    1. Janet, we didn’t have a senior cut day that I remember. I tossed the yearbooks before one of our moves because they were heavy. Why lug them around?

      We’ll start the home projects, or talk with people who will be doing the work, in the next few weeks. How long after that this goes on, who knows. Probably months, with more delays, and a few weather emergencies, too. Anything to keep me angsty. 😳

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    2. Janet, I’ve tried commenting on your blog but the system is making my comments disappear. I like your answers to these questions and love the photo of your hairstyle back then. Thanks for linking to my post here. Always fun to see a ping on a post.

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        1. Janet, I can’t figure out WP either. Sometimes my comments sail through on yours and other people’s blogs, but then out of the blue my comments are eaten by the system. Just gone *poof* like that. 😬

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  10. I think I may borrow these for an upcoming post. I see we had some similarities – band and favorite classes. I went to three high schools, but I do have a couple yearbooks from the last one. My buddy and I exchanged notes throughout junior and part of senior year, plus I have a diary from then. Thinking about using all that for a book project. Will it sell? I am not nostalgic for high school and would never want to go back, but recently re-reading all that material seemed to put me in touch with a part of myself that I think sort of disappeared on my way to the adulting place.

    Have a nice break and enjoy the house chores as much as possible. I’m putting mine off for a while longer (maybe until it isn’t freezing!)

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    1. Eilene, please feel free to do these questions on you blog. It’s fun to read everyone’s answers, especially considering how far away from high school we all are now.

      I feel no nostalgia for those days, either. I’m sure you’re right that all of us have lost touch with something within us from those days. For me, it can stay lost. If however you can find a way to share it via a book, I’ll look forward to reading about it.

      We’ll be focusing on outside projects these next few weeks. All of them necessary, none of them interesting. So be it.

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    1. Melanie, some of our projects are DYI while other ones require us talking with subcontractors. There’s much to do around here on the exterior and only a short window of time in which it can be done.

      Thanks for sharing the questions, btw. It seems appropriate to be talking about high school at this time of year, doesn’t it?

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  11. Aww! Seeing your answers brought back my high school memories. I still have my high school class ring. And I remember using Charlie a lot and Bonne Bell products. 😊

    Take care! Glad you’re getting stuff done around the house!

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    1. L. Marie, so you have your class ring, too. I’ll never wear mine again, but it is jewelry after all so I kept it. I’d forgotten about Charlie perfume. There was some clever commercial for it, wasn’t there? Yes, we’ll be getting house stuff done or at least started– which sometimes is as good as I can do.

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    1. Elen, we all eventually find our way when it comes to hairstyles. I like short hair, but on me it has to be more of a bob than a pixie cut, like I had in high school. And thanks for the encouragement re: all the projects. So happy when they’re done, less so thinking about doing them.

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  12. I worked in the blueberry field in high school, just during the summer. Not fun, but provided a little spending money. I wasn’t popular, but I had friends, some of whom are still in my life. Other high school people have become my friends over the past 40 some years. I loved English, and languages. Art and P.E. were the banes of my existence. 🙂

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    1. Margaret, you picked blueberries? Your skillz never cease to amaze me. I have almost no contact with anyone from high school, save one friend. I moved away and that was that. I didn’t like P.E. either. I like being active, but not in the ways they wanted us to be active. Plus getting sweaty ruined my hair style that I so carefully created each morning! Tres ya-ya no.

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      1. I was top picker in the field, but by high school had worked my way up to berry boss. I was the blueberry field owner’s minion. 🙂 I stayed in my hometown, so that’s probably why I’ve had more contact with the other local alums. I also taught at my alma mater for 37 years, thus I had children and nieces/nephews of my classmates.

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        1. Margaret the Berry Boss. If you ever start a new blog that has to be the name of it.

          I’m sure I’d know more about my classmates if I’d stayed in town, too. But once you leave the small town for the big city, unless you have family in the small town, connections fade. I’m not sad about, just aware of it.

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  13. Oh my goodness I laughed over some of these, so much like my high school senior year. Was also in the band. I think you are probably younger, good to know high school goes on and on and on, the same for most everyone. We were not so different after all.

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    1. dawn, I’m not sure that when you were in high school influences anyone as much as how you were in high school. There are archetypes always. Another band person! Soon my comment section will be able to start an ensemble of its own. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

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  14. Thanks so much for answering these fun questions, Ally! I enjoyed reading your answers!
    Loved the description of your ‘style’ in # 18!
    Cool that you were in marching band and orchestra. I really like band music, but only played violin…no marching around while doing that!
    I agree, no going back to high school! 🙂

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    1. Barbara, thanks for posting the questions. My style back then was very teenage-y. Always wanting to look like the girls in magazines, never having the resources to do so. You played violin, too? It’s a miracle that they didn’t find a way for us to march around while playing them, considering all the goofiness that went on in high school.

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      1. I thought the band uniforms were so neat! When we did an orchestra performance, all we had was a black skirt and white blouse. Very boring! haha!
        Oh, those teen fashion magazines…so many cute clothes to wish we had. 🙂

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        1. Our band uniforms were uncomfortable. That’s what I remember the most about them, but I take your point. We wore the same things as you did in the orchestra and we looked blah in comparison. Nothing at all cute about us. And in high school cute was the goal.

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  15. Love the questions and your answers! Re #18 and #21: I was a more of a surfer chick in high school. I had the straight blond hair, parted in the middle. I loved it then (as it was “cool”) but would give just about anything now to have some waves… maybe even some curl. Oh well… Yes to the yearbooks (I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of those… I guess I’ll leave that to whoever gets rid of our stuff when we are gone 🙂 ) and no to a ring – I imagine our high school had them but I never had an interest.

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    1. Janis, I knew you were cool in high school. A surfer chick sounds so amazing to a girl from the farmland of Ohio. No doubt you rocked your straight blond hair. As for the class rings, they were a big deal in my high school. I don’t know why they were, but they were so I got one. It’s not pretty, but dagnabbit to heck I got one! 😉

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  16. What a fun post! I loved reading your answers. We had a lot of fun way back then! Just got into “innocent” trouble. Marching band, pep band, concert band, orchestra, and choir were great! And your mother was the best during all of it!

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    1. Beth, we had some fun and you’re right we got into innocent trouble. I’d forgotten about being in pep band. It’s the only time in my life when I played the cymbals. Talk about not knowing what you’re doing. However everything was so loud in the gym that no one heard what I was doing anyhow. 😳

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  17. Good answers. I got suspended once ~> happy to have the time off from school! I viewed it as a “reward” rather than as a punishment. 😛

    Sorry to see that you won’t be checking in periodically while you DIY. But you know best EXCEPT when it comes to DQ swirls!

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    1. nancy, I agree about the reward. I was such a dutiful student that a bit of time off was great.

      I know myself well enough to know that if I sit down to read and comment on a few blogs I’ll get drawn into it all blogs. And I/we really need to get some things done. So instead of pretending I can do it all, I won’t even try.

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  18. Well Ally, a lot of your responses would be similar to mine and I didn’t go to my prom either. At the time it was pretty devastating as it was on my birthday, but we both survived didn’t we? I heard on the news today just how much girls are spending for prom and I was astounded – one mother said her daughter’s shoes were $1,200.00 and she wanted them since 10th grade, so she (Mom) bought them. The whole prom outfit was around $3,000.00. Another student, a male senior at that high school, was paying a similar amount for shoes. Excuse me while I step off this planet for a bit, okay? I’m a spoilsport as I would not indulge my kids that much for prom clothes – good thing I never had kids. Have an enjoyable respite Ally, though I know your muscles would rather you typed than do all the physical labor that comes with house maintenance. I need to get out there and do some things in the yard, in between the bouts of rain. Cheers!

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    1. linda, parents of kids pay that much money for prom?!! That’s crazy and not in a good way. I cannot even imagine. What a waste of money. Amazing. You’re right that I’d rather be writing and commenting, but I realize that if you got a house you have to take care of it so off I go to be a responsible adult. On the upside I like to see things checked off my to-do list so this is going to work in my favor. Do the things, check them off the list. *yay*

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      1. Good for you Ally and then you can enjoy the rest of the Summer. I spent an entire Summer in 1985 re-landscaping the back yard. I hauled home stuff from the nursery, worked on it from dawn to dusk, weather permitting, every weekend. It was for younger legs I will tell you that. I am frivolous for some things, but for big purchase, like that camera, I thought long and hard before on it and researched before making a commitment, but that is something which, if taken care of properly, will last me for years … but spending all that money for one evening is too frivolous for my liking. I know my parents would not have spent the equivalent of that amount of money back in 1973 when I graduated. Hope the weather helps you to be productive if the work is outside. If you lived in Michigan right now, you could not count on any help from Mother Nature.

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        1. I hope that the weather cooperates with us, too. We have lots of outside painting and landscaping projects to start &/or finish. Plus we have to start talking with roofers and window replacement sales wonks. None of this will be fun per se, but if we can get lots of it done in the next few weeks, then summer will be ours to do with what we want. *bwha-ha-ha*

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          1. Hope it works out for you Ally. I tried to get the white trim painted around the garage door all last Summer. Every weekend it was either raining, too cool, too hot or too humid. Then Fall arrived and we had very cool weather, a hard freeze the last week in September. It’s a small job – it won’t happen this weekend for sure. I don’t envy you – this house is small and my mom and I had inside/outside jobs done and it is never fun or easy dealing with contractors and working around the weather. Sigh.

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  19. I feel like I knew you 😉
    I wore a lot of white. Even then. Also, I had very long, dark, thick, curly hair that probably made people not even see me. Just hair.
    I wore Baby Soft.
    I did know my husband, but he had run off with another woman by then.
    I did not get suspended, but I did get Saturday School, for ditching choir FOR TWO WEEKS. When asked about my absences, I indignantly said to my choir director, “If it’s not important that you be there, why should I be there? I can watch videos at home.” He reported me for missing one day. I think we were squared-up.

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    1. joey, I can imagine your long dark hair and I can envision you wearing white. I remember Baby Soft but didn’t wear it. Of course I can’t remember what perfume I did wear so maybe I did wear it and have forgotten that fact.

      I do like your story of getting Saturday School. Apparently you and the choir director had differing ideas about what was important. Your response is great.

      I don’t remember there being Saturday School in my high school. I do remember detention [which I never got] and suspension [which I did get once]. Good times, eh?

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  20. I enjoyed your answers to the questions. Many of my answers would have been the same.

    I’ll miss you here. Good luck on the house projects. We’ll have company and take a trip, so I may not be writing very much, either.

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    1. Anne, the high school questions are fun to answer. I don’t often do things like this on my blog, but the response to these answers has been delightful.

      Enjoy your travels and company. We’ll be doing the homeowner things that need to be done during the few weeks we both have the time [and inclination] to do them. Oh joy!

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  21. Hi Ally, Fun going through memory lane. I was more surprised that I could answer most questions. The question that has the most significance for me is #16. I am still close to my best friend. At times we have lived 1000’s of miles apart. Now ten minutes apart. Best friends for 54 years. Grateful! A fun post:)

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    1. Erica/Erika, I know what you mean about being surprised you could answer these questions. I felt the same way. I remember more about high school than I thought I did.

      54 years of friendship is a long time. You’re lucky about that. We live many states apart but I still hear from my high school best friend. In fact she commented on this post. Now how cool is that!

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  22. This was a fun post. High school feels like it was another lifetime. Years filled with angst and promise intermingled with uncertainty. If only I knew then what I know now, I would have relaxed and enjoyed it more.

    … and getting suspended from school? You rebel you!

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    1. Joanne, I hesitated about posting these questions with my answers. Not because I have anything to hide, but because I’m not sure how interested any adult can be in another adult’s high school experiences.

      I didn’t like my curly hair back then because no one knew how to cut it properly so I was forever styling it to be straight. Now, I mutter about curly hair, but with the right cut it’s ok.

      And yes, I did get suspended once. Great experience that helped make me into the free spirit I am today. A little rebellion feeds the soul, you know!

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      1. Damn – I was actually hoping you’d share the rebellious moment that got you suspended 😉 It may be ancient history to you but since I’ve never been suspended, I’d love to know!

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        1. A bunch of us kids went out drinking before a football game. We were in the marching band and our marching was impaired, therefore it was obvious what we’d done. We all got suspended for a day as punishment. Lots of drama, but no lasting impact in my life– other than a good story to tell. 🍻

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  23. My 40th high school reunion is coming up next month! I have only been to one other, but will probably go just to see a few friends who live all over the country and we, through the magic of FB, I have been reacquainted with. Like you, Ally, I would never go back, although it was quite a learning experience as far as life lessons go, eh?

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    1. Pam, I’ve been to two high school reunions and found them… lacking. Of course going to your 40th will be a big deal and worthy of note. It’s nice that you’ve been able to re-friend people on FB. You’re right. High school is nothing but life lessons– and grades on tests about subjects you hope never to study again. [Geometry, anyone?]

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    1. Lacey, oh it was a good job, but the owners of the franchise closed the place. I don’t know why because we were busy and conveniently located. But in a second, my first job was over.

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  24. Absolutely love these answers!! So fun! I may have to do this too! I love hearing about other people’s high school experiences. I was an ice cream girl too – though for a local place (we didn’t have a DQ).

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    1. katie, well you know fellow ice cream girl, after I worked at our DQ for a while we didn’t have a DQ either! 😉 I look forward to reading your answers to the questions. I was surprised by what I remembered and what I’ve forgotten.

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  25. Well, Happy Days sort of post? Large city high school to me was something to just live through – like Lisa Simpson, college is where life began – grad school was heaven.
    I had short hair that mom insisted on perming the life out of every fall ’cause she like that( not having to fool with it)..and resented I had totally straight hair and wasn’t Shirley Temple material. Yearbook pix are horrible. Seems like the Jackie Kennedy flip ( with a can of hairspray used almost daily) and sleeping on huge rollers/tin cans was normal. I was glad when Twiggy showed up – cut my hair so short tit couldn’t be permed…mom was so embarrassed.
    I’d say enjoy the time off, but projects…ugh…at least you are smart enough to go MIA here and shuttle off a bit of stress. Can’t wait to see what you’re up to once you get back.

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    1. philmouse, I agree, college is where it began for me, too. I imagine if someone in my small town had known how to cut curly hair, then I’d have had a more Shirley Temple look. But that wasn’t how it was so my hair was a source of arguments and inconvenience. I cannot imagine how awful those perms must have been. I can see why you went Twiggy pixie cut.

      I know that I have limited energy and when it comes to doing all that we need to get started, my energy will be used up. No time for blogging. But I’ll be back and renewed… eventually.

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    1. S.G., as I said above I was reluctant to post anything like this because I wasn’t sure how readers would take it. But like you, many people have said they related to my answers. I guess high school is such a universal experience that we all get it, through the lens of time.

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  26. small-town Glamour magazine teenage chic! I loved that! See you in June – that’s a wise idea to opt out…..I might too….I’m doing a kitchen redesign and running into all sorts of problems and just don’t have time for blogging right now.

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    1. Joni, I’m sure at the time I was in high school I thought I looked sophisticated, but thinking back on it… not so much! Good luck with your kitchen redesign. Our issues are all exterior problems that need our attention. Blogging can wait until I get a handle on the outside. Priorities, I guess.

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  27. Kids these days, at least around here, are much more sane about prom. You don’t have to have a date, some kids go alone, mostly they go in big groups. My daughter went to all of her high school dances, sometimes with a date, sometimes in a group. I think she liked the group times more.

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    1. J, that’s an interesting change from when I was in high school. You went on a date to the dances or you didn’t go. And, of course, being that I’m as old as the hills, a girl waited for a boy to ask her to the dance. 🙄 I like how kids do things today– much better.

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  28. It’s fun to read about your senior year – though I’m really curious about your suspension. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the home repairs are going smoothly and that you’ll be back on the blogosphere soon.

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    1. Sheryl, answering these questions is not my usual bloggy thing, but it seemed like fun. I explained the suspension to Joanne in the comments above if you’re interested in the details. So long ago…

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  29. I was not a fan of HS either, so I loved reading your answers! But I gotta say–I would never have guessed in a million years that Ally Bean had been suspended in HS. 🙂

    This was fun–I understand your reticence about posting something like this on your blog but I think a lot of people enjoy reading about experiences of others. Maybe I’ll follow your lead and post on mine…it would make for an easy blog topic!

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    1. Kate, yes, sometimes good girls go bad! And it’s amazing how much street cred a girl can get when it happens.

      By all means answer these questions on your blog. It was easy for me to know my answers. I was surprised considering high school isn’t something I ever think about.

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    1. Val, a class ring is an overpriced/unique ring that each class picked out as their own style. The ring was embossed with your class year and maybe school motto. Then you picked out your preferred metal color, your preferred stone for the middle, and then what you wanted engraved on the inside of the ring. These rings were quite the thing.

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