Dudes, am I actually legit getting a Friday Five done on Friday?
- What do you remember about high-school dances? I remember having a lot of fun. I wasn’t really chasing down boys to dance with, despite a few short crushes and one really long one, so I mostly danced with my friends and just hung out. And I went to a Catholic school, so you know those were the skankiest dance moves you’ve ever seen. Around my junior or senior year, Marion and I started the tradition of requesting “Bohemian Rhapsody” at every dance. It caught on to the point that we weren’t always the ones requesting it, and it was super popular–everyone would get in a circle, put their arms around each other, and sing at the top of their lungs. This was ruined at senior prom by a large group not knowing the correct order of the verses. Similarly, someone made “Sandstorm” really popular, so we did lots of “raving.”
- At whose house would you and your friends usually gather after school-related activities? It seems like I was at Meri and Nolan’s a lot, but I think that was mostly weekends and random hangouts (in college, parties). After dances and such, we would go to Leah’s a lot. Leah comes from a large Italian family, and her parents would pack a dining-room table completely full of food. Leah’s house was also perfectly set up for sleepovers and things with a nice, big living room we could shut ourselves in. It was also perfect for pictures because her family owns a funeral home, and the funeral home has a very pretty staircase. This is why we had “a prom to die for.”
- Who in your school had a memorable nickname? Mr. Orlando, the geometry/trig/calc teacher, had a reputation for giving everyone bizarre nicknames that he just made up. Mine might actually be the most memorable because it was so very random and caught on so much with my classmates–Shmee, plus the variations Shmee Shmee and Shmeezer. Another notable one was Nathan, whose nickname was Dale, although I’m not sure if that’s a Mr. O name or not. To this day I call him Dale, just like some high-school friends still call me Shmee.
- What was your high-school cafeteria like? Probably small by comparison. It was really just a typical cafeteria with long tables. Yep.
- Your parents aren’t reading this, so what were some of the crazy (or just memorable) things you or your friends did while driving? We were good for taking lots of pictures, including at night with blinding flashes. We also used to like to throw random objects in the yards of people we knew. Occasionally, in college, Nolan would drive drunk and as much as I disagree with that, he was admittedly good at it. The best, though, and my personal favorite, was taking the seats out of Marion’s van, replacing them with air mattresses, blankets, and pillows and just riding around like that and going to the drive-in–not even doing anything naughty like you’d expect kids with an air mattress in the back of a van to do.